I finally finished a piece that has caused me a great deal of angst, then joy. Work on this canvass has been ongoing for over a year. It has been reworked at least three times. Translation: I have said “I hate this!” at least three times. That is the wonderful thing about exploring creative outlets. It is called Woods.
I recently finished a piece commissioned by the James Rusnov- Nancy McCaffery team. The challenge was to create an abstract image reminiscent of their home town, Cleveland, Ohio. I chose to express the industrial feeling derived from the railroad tracks and iconic Huletts (massive ore-unloading devices). To represent by-gone elements of the city, I used the gritty rust of the century old ore industry enhanced with a “Pollock-esque” technique to reflect the steel industry. It felt right to me.
Working on this painting brought to the forefront the inevitable angst that cries out, “Is it finished?” I would like to explore this sensation and invite others to share their own experience of determining when a piece is finished.
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