Finishing a Painting

Last summer, I spent three weeks in June at an artist residency in Sonoma County, California. During that time I painted seven paintings that I considered finished when I left and one that I knew was incomplete. My task, finishing a painting.

Because I got off on another painting tangent, I have not paid much attention to that series. I have been recently been asked to hang 7-10 paintings for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation Annual art exhibit in March. My summer series seemed perfect for that exhibit, so I took a long look at them again, and decided to complete the one that I had not finished.

Here is how it looked when I left California. It needed a lot of help.

Evening #1

Evening #1

Here is how it looked after working on it for several hours.

Evening #2

Evening #2

And here is how it looks for now. I think it is finished, but I have to live with it a while.

Ann Hart Marquis-Evening at Chalk Hill- finishing a painting

Evening at Chalk Hill, acrylic and ink on birch wood panel, 18 x 24 1.5 inches.

After working on this, I started to look at the remaining paintings. I really liked three of them, but the others I thought needed a touch-up here and there. I painted these paintings almost eight months ago. During that time my painting style has evolved. I have some paintings or have sold some paintings that I still would not change a brush stroke. It seems to be an arbitrary arrangement for me.

So now with this painting finished and the others resolved, I seem to be almost ready for the exhibit. But it is almost three months from now. Where will I be then?

6 thoughts on “Finishing a Painting

  1. Dotty

    Very enjoyable to watch the evolution and have your narrative of same. One of the touches in Evening at Chalk Hill that I especially like is the verticality and proximity of the foreground grasses at the right bottom. Did you mute many colors in the final version, or does the shift in color come from photography rather than paint?

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    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Dotty, you ask great questions. I painted over almost the entire painting in some way or another even if it was to use a low color clear glaze like on the trees beside the house (on each side) and the large black tree. The more muted look comes from paint. Thank you for your comments.

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  2. Brenda Chamberlain

    Ann, I’m excited that you’ll be exhibiting at the Cancer Center in March. Please notify us of the reception date when it nears – I’ll look forward to seeing the work you did in CA. I really like some of your new flower pieces – you might want to show them as well.
    Best, Brenda

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  3. Linda

    Great post on the progression of this painting! It pays to step back and return to a painting later to see the work more objectively.

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    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Thank you Linda. Yes, I really need to live with most paintings for a while before I decide that they are finished. This painting had a little too much progression. But it is finished.

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