• When is a Painting Finished?

    10 days ago - By Michael Chesley Johnson

    Tree 12x9 Oil
    Is this painting finished? Yes, because it met my goal.
    The intention was to paint a tree demonstration on a rainy day for my students, and that is exactly what I did.
    How do you know when a painting is finished? This is a question students often ask me. To be honest, even painters who've been working at the craft all their lives still ask themselves this question. The standard answer is: When you've accomplished your goal , the painting is finished.
    That doesn't help us much, as quite often, especially for beginners, the goal or vision is ill-defined at the start. Sometimes...
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