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Knowing when to stop

The big painting is just about finished – I think … I’m not very good at knowing when to stop. Sometimes you continue and make huge improvements; other times, you carry on and ruin what was a reasonable picture. Andi is threatening to kidnap the painting if I don’t stop soon, which adds to the drama.

Here is a photo; the paint is still wet so there are some odd sparkly bits (reflected flash) in the clouds on the left. I tend to go with gut feelings about whether a work is finished, but sometimes you look at the picture again the next day and something ‘not quite right’ leaps out at you, nagging you, until you give in, squeeze out more paint and get stuck in again.

Final version of large painting

The end?