So how do you know when a painting is finished? Last year I painted this on a cradled panel sized 10"x10" and I got attached to the colours and the form and thought it was finished.
But the other day when I looked at it again I found it quite lacking; a little boring in fact. So I jumped in and pushed it further by adding more layers of colour and scraping back.
The only area I really liked was the bottom left corner so I left that section and kept adding layers.
This is what I came up with....
I like this incarnation much more. I find it more interesting with the additional striations and the soft blue painted over some of the green. I miss the gradations somewhat but overall I think this is a better painting.
The question is: have I gone far enough? If I add more to it there is the risk of going too far and ruining the feeling this evokes.
For me it's all about the feeling. I just keep painting until it doesn't bug me any more. This painting has achieved that. But could it be better?
Feedback and comments are welcome.