|Here is the painting as it was from
the last page. I have heard many Artists ask " How do you know when your
painting is done?"..and I will offer up my answer to that.
I have a very systematic approach to my paintings as you
have seen from the beginning. I begin every painting from the furthest point back,
and work my way to the foreground. I do not leave an area until it has reached the
point where I am totally satisfied in how my paints are representing what I see in my
At the completion of the painting, I begin a
process called FINAL DETAILS. I take my pad of paper and then I begin a very slow
inspection of the whole image and compare it to the photograph. Then as I did in
creating this painting, I begin the whole process again from the beginning... the sky, the
cityscape, the pillar, the clothing and the faces. I examine each area and really
look at how it compliments the overall composition. If something appears in need of
a minor adjustment, I write it down. When I have completed this exercise of
compiling my fix or repair items...I cover my painting for at least 24 hours before I look
at it again.
Then I compare my list to what I am seeing the
next day.... I will cover what happens next in the next cell down.