|"Toss," 24 x 24 oil on canvas...one where I did stop at the underpainting!|
So...why don't I? I think as artists, at least as somewhat established artists, we have this thing hanging over our heads called "expectation." We think if we don't do things a certain way – in our usual style, which our followers and collectors have come to expect – we'll lose our audience. No one wants to disappoint the people who have come to appreciate our work, right? So we push on, put out more of the same to get the positive comments. Every now I'll share something different, and that internet silence, as I like to call it, is a killer. I know I'm not the only artist who has contemplated coming up with an alter ego and letting that persona do whatever that one wants...marketing oneself as a completely different artist, and not telling anyone. I know of artists who have gone ahead and done just that. I've given it serious thought!
|I liked this one at this stage...but "finished" it.|
So, can I apply the same to my art? It's much harder for me to start a painting without some sort of expectation as to where I want it to end up. Can I give myself permission to decide to stop and sign it, if I have one of those "I like it just the way it is now" moments? Maybe. I'll work on it.