Knowing when a piece is finished is a combination of feelings involving the experience of crescendo in physical experience, ambiguity of perception due to extended involvement, and the release of my control over the idea that motivated me. This relinquishment of idea is not necessarily a loss of direction so much as allowing myself to arrive at the place I didn’t plan to be. I find that the value of this experience is multifaceted. In the case of the painting below, it is the way in which giving over to the needs of the work as the project progressed opened a path that lead away from my influences that may have been subconsciously pulled into the formal aspects of this painting.

Index. 2019. Oil on canvas with mixed media paper collage

Even though the lighting in the image below is much more warm than above, the energy that relatively small area of blue brings to the piece adds a spacial element missing in the piece above. There seems to be more movement in the final image. I must have returned to the painting five or seven times to look at how the visual elements drew connections – making determinations about how they could be read and the implications of their reading. I thought I was finished, and after photographing, had to pick up the brush and glaze that form in the center blue. Now it’s done.

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