The decision about when to stop, for me, tends to land near the decision on the style of the piece.The more abstract I want the image, the earlier I stop laying shapes and colors and start refining them. A few more passes at the canvas and it's a passable Impressionist piece. The further I paint, the closer I get to Realism.
The poor quality of the images don't help the argument, but these are some in progress shots:
|The canvas started out rather Kandinsky-esque as|
I blocked in sky and laid out color tones for the field.
The canvas came to me already painted red, which is nice, as I like the undertone.
It helps the image stay warm with all those cool blues and greens.
|I almost stopped at this point. I may even try to recreate the feel of this image.|
It has a bit of a Diebenkorn feel, without the vertical angularity.
|A little more refined. Totally could have stopped here.|
Like a Chase landscape
|The finished piece. |
2012 Guy Gondron
Acrylic on canvas
I could probably work on it forever if I didn't get tired of seeing it on my easel.