I have a checklist that I think is helpful. I don't literally go down this checklist for each piece, but these are some of the things that are running through my head.
- Does the piece do what I intended? Is it telling the story that I had in mind. If it went in another direction somewhere along the way, did I intend that?
- Does it have an area of interest, focal point or "star" as Richard Mckinley likes to say
- Are there a variety of masses/shapes of unequal sizes or did I end up with lots of spots of color and value that are repetitive?
- Does it have rhythm and movement? Do I lead my viewers eye on a journey?
- Does it have a dynamic arrangement of elements or is it boring and static?
- Do the elements have gesture?
- Are there areas that are unresolved?
- Are there some areas that are painted really differently? In other words, is there a thread that connects all the areas of the piece?
- Is there something that doesn't fit or doesn't belong?
- Are there any drawing issues like an odd tangency?
- Have I addressed the edges of all the shapes?
- Is there interesting texture that ties the piece together?
This pastel is finished!
Lastly and simply; does it look finished? Is it messy or too slick and polished as if my hand wasn't in it?
Ok, now the eating crow part. The other day I pronounced my two large landscape commission finished. I did this before I sent jpgs to the client. Big mistake. They didn't think they were finished! They wanted some sharper edges. These are going in a hospital and apparently people in hospitals don't like fuzzy paintings,( I had lots of really soft edges in the things, a quality that I was going for and thought turned out GREAT! Oh, well...Being that this is a pretty big job and I knew I could still make it work with the suggested changes, I didn't get my panties in a bunch over it. Made the adjustments and will present jpgs next week. I guess some artists would take exception over having to make such changes, but I really don't mind suggestions like this and find that sometimes they do actually make a work stronger. Not sure this is the case here, but I still like them.
|This painting was not finished, I guess!|
I received quite a bit of feedback about my last post "What is it that you need?" and will be writing a followup to that this weekend. Thanks so much for following my blog and making it stronger and more fun with all your comments. Keep 'em coming!