9×12″ oil on canvas panel; click on painting for purchase information.

Now the painting is completed to a soft finish. Compare to the previous two days. There is a perfectionist tendency in most serious painters to perfect, perfect, perfect. The result could be disastrous in an entirely overworked and minutely labored painting. The losses would include the strength and boldness of the brushstroke, the simplicity of the statement, the prompt to the imagination to fill in the gaps. So the wise adage: “Quit before you’re finished,” is underscored in my effort.

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