“A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places” is a quote by Paul Gardner and is one of my favourites.
Doesn’t this zero in on the crux of the creative process brilliantly? A question of adding and taking away until you reach the place that is interesting and then having the courage to step away. It’s deciding on the ‘interesting place’ that is the artistry. It is oh, so easy, certainly with painting, to overwork it and then it is lost, gone forever.
Those of you who read my last post will know that this particular painting lay fallow for many months. Now the creative surge has returned and I am in the middle of the ‘putting it on / taking it off’ process.
I don’t think I am quite at the interesting place yet …
I know a lot of my followers are artists, so tell me, fellow creatives, is your particular art form essentially a question of putting it on and taking it off?