After 16 years in my studio it’s time for a ‘Spring clean’. I have 2 small rooms (and part of our garage) that are full of my exploits, trials, tribulations, and successes. My artistic exploits have emerged from drawers, folders, racks and dark corners. frames, papers, mount board, paints, brushes, pencils etc. await their turn to be sorted. Some have already been assigned to the rubbish pile, some given away, some retained. I’m feeling better already about this process, one that I’d put off for a while, but it needed to be done. Why do we accumulate so much?
I can’t believe how many paintings I have in stock! Low sales over the past few years, plus time away on holidays has seen space in my studio become a real issue. Now is the time to act!
During my clean up I have ‘found’ several paintings that I consider to be unfinished. Today, I am featuring the first, a large (119 x 79 cm) study of a large rock that contains 3 small rockpools. It’s good to see something that I thought was finished 10 years ago, in a ‘new light’. It’s now at the ‘touch-up’ stage, but there is sufficient evidence that I have added to the quality and content of the painting.
From the top: BEFORE, DURING, AFTER.
There is danger in working on such an old painting. How one thinks and sees things today, is quite different than it was 10 years ago. It is easy to make so many changes that the painting loses its original qualities and identity. On the credit side, it’s good to look back on what you once thought was ‘finished’, realising that not all was right, and now having the opportunity to give the painting the attention it needs.
I intend to frame this painting and display it next year, hoping that someone may wish to buy it.
The moral? Never throw away your paintings, just put them away for 10 years, then take a fresh look!