Most people think that the hardest part for any artist is starting something. Staring at a blank, white paper or canvas can be very intimidating, but for me, the hardest part is knowing when to stop. I often keep going when my work is actually finished. This is one of my weaknesses. I have to learn to leave well enough alone. When I keep going my composition gets wonky, my colors get muddled and my piece gets that over-worked quality that is never truly appreciated. If I could find an art contest for overworked pieces I would probably become their poster child. I would win awards and accolades. People would write about me saying, “Nobody knows how to over-work a piece of art like Lillian Connelly. She is the master of pushing things so far they come out as a top-notch disaster!” I have dreams of fame and fortune. Where your art is so bad it is good and people will spend their hard-earned money to own a piece of your work, just so they can put it in their collection of rotten tomato art. That is totally an art category, right? It has to be!
This mermaid painting-collage started out like all of the others.
Then I started thinking about the images I wanted to use. I cut them out and started placing them on the canvas board.
I started gluing items down. At some point I should have stopped, but didn’t. The next thing I knew I had this collage. It’s cluttered. It bugs me.
I have these two mermaid collages started. I keep hoping I recognize when each piece is finished. I am hoping to become an artist that knows when to stop!