|River Boulder and Willow Stand|
12x12 inches - pastel on Strathmore
© 2011, S Johnson
It has been sitting, along with a few others, off to the side on my studio table, waiting...for what? Who knows - I seldom toss paintings away immediately unless they are just downright atrocious. Anyway, for whatever reason, when I walked by the table today, I had this urge to work on it. Nothing left to lose, I suppose, and no expectations. It was about 75% completed when I abandoned it, so there wasn't much to do. There were already pastels laying about as well, so I didn't even need to pull out my plein air box to finish it.
I didn't even sit, put on my painting apron, or do anything that would indicate a dedicated studio session. Just from memory, which actually was better than I might have thought.
It's not going to go down as a personal favorite, but when I look at it, I'm reminded of what attracted me to the scene originally. And, by golly, I actually finished it! And, it felt really good to do so. It could probably stand some vigorous cropping, and I see a few areas that could be tweaked a bit, but no big deal.
So, I guess maybe the take-home message (if you can call it that) is for those of you who have unfinished paintings, or any abandoned projects lingering around, perhaps destined for the trash...maybe don't toss them just yet. Because you just never know when you might decide to get a proverbial wild hair and spontaneously finish it. After all, you have nothing to lose, and it might just qualify as a success, at least on some level.