When I was a kid, I used to watch that artist on public television who painted happy clouds and trees. And there would come a point that I’d think, “it’s done.” But no, he would go on and keep working it, and it would get better. As I watched, I would start to feel anxious because I would be afraid I’d mess it up. And that is the subject for today. When do you walk away from a piece of art?
I’ve been working on my “wooden yarmulke” piece, and I can’t decide if it is time to walk away.
I dyed the pine a cherry color, and I have applied several coats of shellac. A couple of days ago, I applied copper leaf to the rim, then I applied barium sulfate to the copper and I am really pleased with the result. But now I am stuck.
The piece looks fine, but my gut tells me I need to do more. But what? I have thought about painting the side of the rim black, and I have even thought adding a copper circle in the bottom of the bowl and using another patina effect.
Perhaps it is time to walk away from it for a while, but the OCD side of me hates to leave something “incomplete.” I wish I could purchase patience from one of my catalogs. But if I could afford patience, then perhaps I could afford a good analyst!
I don’t have “artistic block” because my Muse has been hanging around for a while now. It’s like I have the preverbal angel and devil on my shoulder. My Muse is on one shoulder and Mr. Monk is on the other.
Now that I think about it, I guess I come by this honestly. My father was an engineer, and my Mother is very creative and artistic.
So what would you? Do you think I should put on the top coat and say it is done? Or what would you do to it next?
Stuck in the middle again…..