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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.



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?






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

Much Love

Emily x


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