|'We Stop for Poppies' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Knowing when a painting is done can be a challenge. Overworking can sneak up on us. Especially when we are enjoying the painting process and not really paying attention to what we are doing. A good rule of thumb is to stop before you think you are finished. But then what?
I stop when I find myself mindlessly making marks. It is time to step back and evaluate the painting. I used to make mental notes about what I thought I needed to do to finish the painting. But if I was interrupted I would forget the list of finishing touches. Or sometimes I would get so involved with finishing an area I would loose sight of the other items I wanted to address.
I don't rely on mental notes.....I make real notes on my mini dry erase board.
Below is today's painting when I stopped to evaluate it. I decided on some areas of concern and I wrote down my solutions on the dry erase board.
|stopped for evaluation part 1|
|My WHAT board helps me decide what I need to do to finish the painting|
|stopped for evaluation 2|
I was pleased with the flowers but still didn't like the trees. The right side was too solid. I used sky color to break up the tree shape and added one more red spot of color. Now I was finished!
Painting notes: 18x24 on Ersta sanded paper with an alcohol wash underpainting