Taking the Second Look™
By fortunate accident I found a way to find out what needs my attention in a painting. I call it the Second Look™.
It takes some form of “taking a step back” practice to get my critical eye on the piece. Sometimes three steps back will give me a better perspective.
Other times I use various lenses to get a close up to better determine how I can make my work better. When I am unsure of what the “problem is” that is getting stuck. Stopped trying to determine what needs to be “corrected”. Time is valuable.
Preparing photographs of several pieces in progress showed me immediately and very clearly what was in need of “fixing”.
I trust my senses but also realise I can be misled.
So I darkened the shading on the inside right arm of the “V”. That is the first improvement.
My improvements began with taking a photograph.
It may take more than two “looks” to get this piece to its optimal representation.
Any project can be one more for the “finished” category or it can remain “a work in progress”. It is not a good feeling to have a lot of unfinished panels to finish.
Getting “it done” is a great feeling. It makes getting back to work every day a joy.
Surprise! A Second Look helped me to see what I needed to improve.
Improve every day.