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How does an artist know when a piece is finished? Part 2

Firstly, I have to apologise that I haven’t posted recently- I’ve been very busy with commissions and preparing for a little solo exhibition (framing, organising and varnishing take so much longer than you would think!).  I do all of this along side a full time job, and sometimes I just wish I was like Hermione from Harry Potter with the time travelling watch just so I could squeeze it all in.  But unfortunately I’m not, so for now I make do with being almost entirely nocturnal…hoot hoot. 

My last post briefly tackled my take on the mystery ‘how does an artist know when a piece is finished’.  And I surmised that it’s not always the artist who decides this, but the viewers as well.  I chose to leave this piece ‘unfinished’ by popular demand.

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However, a few weeks passed, and there the painting was…just looking at me.  Taunting me with it’s unfinished-ness.  So I caved, and put it back on the easel as a working progress.  And  after a few touch ups here and there I now feel more comfortable looking at it…for now.  With that in mind, I think I would like to go back to my original conclusion that a painting is never truly finished as long as the artist still owns the painting.  

What do you think?

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For more of my work, feel free to check out my official website

http://www.emilylouiseheard.com

Much Love

Emily x

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