Unsure whether a painting is finished? Just leave it for the time being.
I began this year by working some of the oil studies from last summer. When I was feeling unsure about any of them, I said, "good enough" and moved on to the next one.
Finishings: Augury studies, oil on canvas
Then I pulled out some of the paintings which I began last January. A whole year has passed since I was able to focus on this body of work. What a great feeling to get into them again! I'm calling these finished.... for now.
"All That Piano" oil on canvas 17x18.5"
"Downstreet" oil on canvas 17x18.5"
"Forms of Composite Composure" oil on canvas 17x18.5"
Leavings: a few of the "Augury" paintings in my studio
Yesterday I was able to spend almost 8 hours in my studio without interruption. What luxury! Making studio time a priority this year was a good decision, and I feel so very fortunate that I'm able to do this.
I hope your year is off to a good start too, dear Reader.