The two paintings here are UNFINISHED.
But that’s not the full shame of it.
Both were started in another year. The one at the top of the post was started in 2012 and put aside several times throughout the last 2 years. The one at the bottom was started in early 2013. My goal is to finish both by the end of May.
Having something to work on is good. An unfinished piece can be easier to get into. The key is determining why they were stopped in the first place. Some paintings are just boring and get abandoned because there is nowhere to go and more hours will only be wasted. Some are unfinished because they are important and the painter was not ready. I like to think both of these paintings are unfinished because I wasn’t ready.
For those who have been with me for the last 3 years, you know there have been a lot of changes. And just when I thought the wave was receding, I realized it’s not quite over yet. The tsunami may not have passed, but escaping to higher ground wasn’t the answer. Stepping into the wave is scary. Gasping and thrashing – resisting – is natural, but resistance is futile. Sometimes the surge, if you let it, will take you where you need to go.
A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.
~Paul Valéry (poet and symbolist)