The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How do you know when a piece of artwork is complete? ......


"Contemplating Toscana", Encaustic Mixed Media, 18 x 18 Framed, 2011

How do you know when a piece of art work is done? What are some things you do to know..?
I know sometimes I live with the work for a while, keep it somewhere I can view it often, and sometimes it becomes obvious what might be missing, or what might be needed...
Other times just putting it away and then coming back to it with 'fresh' eyes helps...
I would love to hear back from other artists on how they decide when a work is done or not....
This piece currently on exhibition at the Whitestone Gallery, Guelph, ON. 

5 comments:

jane longman said...

This is a wonderful piece Supria! I really enjoy seeing your work evolve.
I stop working on my own pieces when it feels right. It's easy to over work a piece, but if I'm uncertain I too will put it away...or leave it out until the answer comes to me.

Wax Beach Artist said...

I love the playfulness of the grass and flowers in this piece! I stop working on something when no particular area draws my eye, when the whole piece feels even, it has a unity.

Supria Karmakar said...

Thanks Jane and Connie - hearing about how other artists tackle issues like this is very helpful...I appreciate your sharing and comments
supria : )

Jill Zaheer said...

Hi Supria,
This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I often have a definite feel when a painting is complete- but then, over time- something changes in me- and I feel a nagging pull which makes me want to change something. I've been doing a weekly thursday posting for the past month on transformations of my work- with the discussion of just when to make changes in my work- and when to hold on to what I've done and make a new work. Thanks so much for this post!

Supria Karmakar said...

Thanks Jill for your comment and for sharing about your weekly 'transformation' postings...I will be sure to read some of these...it was nice to hear from you --- ps. my sister in law really loved NYC and found those pointers you and Seth gave very helpful - thanks again
supria