Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Finished...I think

10" x 10" Derwent Pencil sketch on Bienfang stock

How do YOU know when to quit working on a piece? I decided to leave the second Fjordhorse in the background incomplete and just concentrate on the one in the foreground. While some of the elements came together OK, other parts just didn't want to cooperate. Rather than continue on with this one, I'm leaving it alone. This is as far as I want to go with it. I don't mind it being sort of 'sketchy' looking. I'd like to hear from other artists when they've decided enough is enough on their work. Anybody?

6 comments:

Kathleen Coy said...

Ingrid, I love it! Sweet, soulful, a loving tribute to the breed. I think you made the right choice to leave the horse in the background incomplete. It really adds to the piece, in my opinion. And I like it's "sketchy" look.

If I'm not sure that I'm "done" with a piece, I will put it away for a few days and then get it out and look at it again with fresh eyes. Or I will put it in a different room, say the living room, where I will see it each time I walk by, because sometimes just seeing it in different surroundings will do the trick. Or there's always the old "hold it up to a mirror" trick. Sometimes I use them all to tell if a piece is done, lol. But sometimes I just "know..."

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I like how you left the second horse incomplete too! I have a hard time knowing when to quit. I'll sometimes leave pieces propped up for several days and look at them as I go by. Sometimes I'll see something that needs fixing, sometimes not.

Linda said...

Beautiful Ingrid Terrific work.
When I do commissions. I finish the work, then I leave it on the drawing board for one day to just do very little touches,then I sign it, after I've signed it I never go back and change or retouch anything, I had to adopt that method as I was an awful fiddler and spoilt alot in the past..
If I'm having trouble during, perspective wise, the mirror trick is very good, or if its a smallsize you can scan in and reverse on the computer screen. With watercolours if my backgrounds aren't going right I just ditch them, as I just end up wasting loads of time and end up with something I'm not happy with as well.

Ingrid said...

Kathleen, Gail and Linda~ ALL great suggestions. I've used the mirror trick before and it does work. Leaving a piece for later is a good one too. I tend to go back and 'fiddle'. Hard not to at times...

sam said...

Well done Ingrid, I love your finished piece. I dont think it needs any more work on the second horse, plus its a nice contrast to bring out the main subject.
Keep it up:)

Ingrid said...

Thank you very much Sam, I appreciate that! =0)