Scooter and Riley Lesson 23

At this stage I am close to having a finished painting. I spend some time just looking at the piece, in a space other than where I painted it. I make notes, yes, I write them down. I note areas that need to be darkened, lightened, warmed up, cooled down. I note where there are areas that bother me. I turn the piece upside down and check my values, shapes and colors. Then I tweak any areas that need tweaking.

When I feel like I am almost done, I stop. If I work until I think I am done, then I find that I have overworked the painting. Once I sign the piece I won’t allow myself to work on it anymore. That forces me to stop and then I can get excited about my next piece!


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