As soft Fall rains beat amongst the pavement outside I sit listening to the natural white noise as I think about the interesting conversation on Twitter I had last night. It dealt with posting progress pictures of my paintings for all to see before it is actually finished.
While I’m known to paint in all day shifts I do take periodic breaks. Before I go on break I have trained myself to take a picture of the piece I’m working on. If there is enough progress I post that pic online. Then I sit back and flip back and forth between the pictures to see what areas I have made progress in, what needs more attention, what works, doesn’t work, etc.
It has happened that someone looking at these pictures thinks that they are the final result and are displeased. I understand this feeling completely. This is a failing on my part to properly explain the unfinished state of the painting. I also have been told that revealing the piece before it is finished takes away from the final effect of viewing the finished work.
On the other side of the aisle, many people have thanked me for doing what I do as they learn from my process; composition, value, building transparencies, color usage.
There are times that a piece just doesn’t work. So I’ll change it up or stop working on it and move on to another. Other times a piece may be going very well, I will get very far on it and then stop to move on to the next only to come back to the previous piece days, sometimes months later.
So in all I will continue to do what I do, I’m glad that most enjoy and learn from it. For those who don’t, I would be worried if I was making all the people happy all of the time. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and if we were all exactly the same that would be very boring.