The point at which you stand back and think... Hmmm, well I'm not sure there is much more I can add, without the risk of taking it into the' over worked' zone. The painting may feel finished, but it still hangs on the studio wall, framed by the patches of built up paint from this and previous works in progress, where brushes have been wiped clean, or excess paint removed. There is still a feeling of deep connection to the journey and the stages of creation. The attachment is strong.
It is only when I see my paintings out of the studio and in a gallery or a home, that I can really see the finished piece. This new context creates a distance which allows me the opportunity to see more of the painting's strengths and beauty, and only a glimpse of the mistakes or struggles of the journey.
It's a lovely bonus on those occassions when I get to deliver the piece to a client's home myself, and share their excitement of seeing the painting in it's new home. I got the chance to do this last month with 'Surf in Snow'. Here it is in it's new spot.