The post is a tongue-in-cheek look at a most common aspect of an artists life-starting a painting/ending a painting...
I have heard it said (and experienced it myself!) that the happiest day in a boat owner’s life is the day they buy it and the day they sell it!
I think the same can be said for the artist. The happiest day in the life of an artist is the day they start a painting and the day they finish a painting!
I was excited yesterday because I finally put to bed a commissioned portrait. And today, I’m “chomping at the bit” to get started on a commissioned western piece. It will be a large work, 4’ x 6’.
My board has been prepped and is all ready for the composition. Later today, or tomorrow morning, I’ll be laying down the initial color and texture. This is especially exciting since it is an image that has been in my mind for a few years now.
It is looking forward to a new painting that keeps an artist (or at least this artist) doggedly working to finish a painting in-progress.
Does that mean I don’t love the piece I’m currently working on? Haha, I covered that in another post, “I’m so sick of this painting!” Keep up with me here! While I paint, I am multi-tasking. I am thinking through painting problems, overcoming obstacles to painting, while at the SAME time thinking of all the paintings I still want to do!
So, because I want to enjoy the fun of beginning a new piece, come heck or high water, I’m going to finish that “old” piece! That being said, this is one of those “happiest days” in my life!
Hi CaroIlyn, I can identify with you. I am a new painter and am always anxious about getting one done and starting another. I love what I'm working on at the time and get to the point, which I'm sure we all do, that I want to get on with another one. Maybe were so enthused about the creative process that we are always trying to be two steps ahead. I now have discovered that if I have 2 o 3 on the go at the same time that I don't get "bored" with the one I'm working on at the moment as I know I will be going back to it with fresh eyes, I hope. So that's my theory, and congratulations on finishing your painting!!!!