on learning when to leave things alone

So, I got this far and really liked it.

beach _ sky less colours

But it turns out that I just can’t leave well alone and I felt compelled to add another grey in the sky and the last colour, the green.

beach _ sky 1

It’s not that I hate it exactly, it just actually worked without the green in the foreground.
‘Tis done now as this is a reduction print – we live and learn.

Author: Nancy Power

'Printmaker Nancy Power's work reflects the life around her. Be it a changing rural landscape, the decaying plants in her garden, or her collection of hand crafted ceramics, she finds inspiration from many sources. Deliberately eclectic in subject matter, her work is harmonised by her colour palette and distinctive inking process. Nancy uses the reduction method of lino printmaking; carving away at just one block for each consecutive colour to reveal the final image. By inking from dark to light, as opposed to the more traditional light to dark, Nancy's work has engaging depth and colour layering.'

4 thoughts on “on learning when to leave things alone”

  1. Definitely, the first image is my favorite. Lessons are for a reason. But it’s not always easy to see what we need to see. Creativity is an experimentation and a process.

  2. Oh that’s a hard one! I have lately done a couple of paintings that I have left at what would be ‘half way through’ in my process because for years I have wondered if I should. But you can only have one or the other… I think they both work, but yes, there is something lovely and open in the first one.

    1. Thanks for your nice comment. Yes, sometimes it is so hard to know when to stop. If this had been a multiblock print I could have done a range of colourways and then decided which I liked best….although I would end up doing hundreds of colourways and still not being able to decide!! So, we live and learn (hopefully).
      Oh, and thank you for following me too!!

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