The Painting Lives!!!

11:20 AM

As of 10:43 this morning, I am calling this a finished and SUCCESSFUL painting! Many thanks to all of you for your kind comments and support. It helped more than you will ever know. It has been a rather stressful 18 hours, and I think I've changed my mind about missing the painting. In fact, I think I'll be damn happy to see it gone!

The offending area has been assimilated into the rest of the painting. A few more areas have been adjusted, darkened, lightened etc. I was far enough along with the repair job that Chris and I had the opportunity to evaluate the "success" of what I was doing before he left this morning. We both felt that it "worked" and yes, surprise, surprise, it made the painting stronger.

Some of you mentioned that Chris' words were wise and that he's a treasure. You're absolutely right, he is, though when I mentioned the treasure comment, he said, "and sometimes you want to bury me in the backyard just like treasure!" I didn't disagree. ;•) It is extremely valuable to have someone to support you, to challenge you to raise the bar, to pick you up when you fall, and to cheer you on.

Chris is all that and more, and I can truthfully say I wouldn't be the artist I am today without him. His feedback and critiques are straight on, and I want him to know how much I appreciate all that he does. If not a spouse, find someone who brings this kind of support to your artistic journey. They will make you a better artist than you can be on your own.

I have included another detail shot of the painting, No Place Like Home, that you haven't seen any part of up until now. In rereading the prospectus last night, I saw that the committee would notify folks the week of July 21st of who made it into the show. So this is probably the last you'll see of the painting until then. Again, thanks for your support!

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