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Working it out

Blog: #2 of 9 by Alan Rutherford

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September 13th, 2012 - 12:31 PM

Working it out

I don’t know about you but sometimes I get myself into a piece of artwork that turns out to be more than I bargained for as far as time frame is concerned. Presently I am working on a piece called “Booking Owls of the Midnight Chapter” which is taking a toll on my creative energy. You know one of those paintings, which you love and hate at the same time, you’re loving the outcome but hating the amount of time it’s taking you to complete the piece.

At some point you have to ask yourself, what can I do to rekindle the passion I had for this project, when I first began creating it? My Father always taught me to work all over a painting or drawing at the same time and not to concentrate all your efforts in one area for any disproportionate amount of time to the rest of the painting. The reason for this is if you do you will more often than not mess up your tonal scale, balance of the layout etc. and generally give the piece an uneven and amateur look. Great advice if you’re not working in a hot studio with acrylics that are drying before you get a chance to put them on the canvas. I have found success by limiting the area of the painting I’m working on to simple colour mixes that I can recreate readily even if they do dry up on me, but obviously for reasons stated above the areas I work on must change regularly. This approach has also helped with the boredom that sometimes sets in when you are working on a long-term project.

Some artists find that they have to work on more than one piece at a time to stave off the creative grind that comes with a long-term piece. I usually do work on more than one piece at a time but sometimes you just want to get a work that has been in your studio for a considerable amount of time out of the way I hope the above suggestion is some help to you if you find yourself in a similar situation. Please share any tricks that you may have for staying the course on epic pieces of artwork. I've included a picture of the offending buzzards.

Till Next Time
Alan

Working it out

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