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Author Topic: A few Thoughts about Being Patient and Knowing when To Leave a Drawing  (Read 7638 times)


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Patience means so much in getting things done. But it's like a double edge sword. You see your drawing progress to a point where it's looking pretty good, but you tell yourself, well, be patient, don't rush and call it good enough just yet. So, you do some more and change it a bit for the results and you end up seeing things start to go in a bad direction.One thing is that the longer a period you look, of course, it's going to  no longer be as fresh in your mind. It's an art in itself knowing (you never really know), when to leave something or continue working on it.Patience is about progressing a drawing but also about being patient with yourself and accepting when it's gone worse on you.I find that the hardess kind of all. In fact i can't accept it well.  I continue to rescue and rescue.   No wonder i have such a fear of doing another drawing or painting, yet, i do.I know their are others besides me who will say, oh, that's a really nice mark i just put there, don't loooose it! and make everything so important. I'm one of those.What can you do? Nothing really, just move onwards.   Everyone has different attributes to themselves.I suppose their have been some really good artist out there somewhere who carried alot of negative traits about themselves in spite of what seems hopeless.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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