The paintings that never were

Published September 23, 2022

Five years ago, I was very critical of the work I was producing.  I was trying to establish myself as an artist, unsure of myself and full of doubts.  I didn’t admit to any of that of course, I just put my paintings out there and it was a thrill when people began to buy my work.

But I had a drawer full of work I didn’t think was good enough.  I have photos of some pieces that I painted over – these are just a couple of them:

Now I look at these two and wonder what the hell was I thinking?!  The top one is a great start and the bottom is so close to being finished. My problem back then was that I would go back to finish something, trying to preserve the bits I liked, but inevitably, I would get so fussy, it would lose the loose spontaneity that I loved in the first place.

The more I do, the better I get at overcoming that particular issue, but it’s still a challenge.  I find the last 5-10% of a painting usually takes 80-90% of the time.  I have a large seascape in that state at the moment.  I love the sky, the distant horizon and the foreground is getting there, but there’s this bit in between that I just can’t get where I want it to be.  But now I know  myself so much better and instead of having it sitting on the easel nagging me with it’s unfinished problem, it’s gone into the cupboard to rest for a while out of sight.

I’ll let you know how I get on.


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Hi, I'm Glenda

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