In the past few days a couple of pieces I made during the summer have been catching my eye. Often a piece of work that is nearing completion needs to be set aside for a while in order to decide whether it is finished. 

This “curing time” provides for more objectivity when assessing a piece of work that is in progress. This is a common practice among many creators. The distance from an intense period of work on a painting helps me decide whether it is truly resolved to my satisfaction. During this break I begin work on other pieces, become somewhat less emotionally involved with the original piece, and am able to view it more objectively. I keep these pieces in my peripheral view around my studio, and periodically assess them. In this way I have time to decide whether I find a piece intriguing enough for prolonged viewing.  Minor, or even major, adjustments may follow this phase.

This week I noticed two pieces have caught my eye. One is small, the other more mid-sized. Each of them is giving me a sense of completion, and having achieved my goals. I share them here, and they can now be found on my Home page for this website as well.

“Morning On the Path” 8 x 8″; Oil and Cold Wax on cradled board
“Thunderstorm-Sonoita, AZ” 24 x 24″; Oil and Cold Wax on cradled board


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