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.

4 thoughts on “on learning when to leave things alone

  • Sally October 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    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.

    1. Nancy Power October 7, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Isn’t it though!! Thanks for your input – I agree about lessons! I will try to leave well alone in future. I did say ‘try’….

  • Nancy Farmer September 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    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. Nancy Power September 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      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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