Monday, April 13, 2009

Finished vs Overworked?

Well, when I watched Janet Rogers give her demo last Tuesday in class, she noted that she likes her finished paintings to look like they are unfinished = not too perfect or complete but always knowing that less is more to the look of watercolor. Wish I could just stop and let it be at a certain point, too, when I'm still liking it. But that doesn't seem to happen with me - I charge right through to finishing it off farther than it needs.






Oh, well, still learning all the time. And I have another one started for the color group but I'm going to build up the colors slowly with that one - until I get bored and then start rushing again!

5 comments:

Nick said...

I'm also trying to make my work less-finished all the time. It should make things easier, but it actually is more difficult to do!

shicat said...

Not overworked. I am the queen of that. Really beautiful blues ... and very jazzy with the swirls!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Hope this is classified as 'finished' by you, as it is PERFECT. Love the subtle changes in the blues and the yellow 'trails' . Clever girl.

Ann Buckner said...

It looks finished and not overworked to me. I like the depth you have in this one.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Nick, Cathy, Joan and Ann for the comments - Sandy suggested in class today a touch of warm orange to break up some yellows and call it done.
Hey, Nick, I splattered this one for you! And you're right - that unfinished but still beautiful look to watercolor is something I aim to accomplish someday soon.