The Masterpiece Trap

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Week after week, month after month, I’d attend the local classroom studio where I went to draw the figure each week. During the model breaks that I used to refresh my eyes, I’d walk around the studio. Pulling at my kneaded eraser to clean it, I’d peruse the studio spaces of the full-time students enrolled there. Most of the time I was just thinking about my drawing or enjoying the background music or conversation. Suddenly I was struck by the realization that these same paintings had been sitting here for months (sometimes years) unfinished! I thought, “Wow! Why on earth can’t they finish these paintings?”.  

An oil painting of delft blue vase and plate of pears

I remembered the same thing happened in art school. My fellow students would be working on the same grand masterpiece for six months or more, but to tell the truth the painting looked just as it did from the early stages. I think part of this is because of the mystique that a painting is complicated or that it must take a long time to make a beautiful painting for it to be good. Whatever the reason for this strange phenomenon the outcome is eventually that the artist gets stalled.

How could you not? Working on the same painting for a year and still, it’s still left unfinished. In the end, the artist just ended up with their confidence shattered and a lot of the time just quit painting altogether. 

I’ve learned that making a beautiful painting doesn’t have to take forever or be super complicated. I’ve also learned that finishing what I start is CRITICAL to my confidence as an artist. Stay tuned because next week I’ll be sharing more on this topic!

What is your biggest obstacle right now in finishing a painting?

Join the FREE 5 Day Still Life Painting Challenge for a chance to study with me for absolutely free and gain inspiration for an artistic breakthrough.

Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email with the link to join the private Facebook group (this is where the challenge will be held).

Answer this question in the pre-challenge exercises for 10 extra points and get ready for the painting challenge, coming up on Sept 26th – 30th!

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Love in Light, Kelli

3 thoughts on “The Masterpiece Trap

  1. My biggest obstacle in not finishing a painting is frustration. I can’t seem to figure out how to make it work. Thankfully, my husband (who is COLOR BLIND) can recognize immediately when a painting is not only failing, but when it can’t be revived.

  2. Dear Kellie..I am not receiving my weekly lessons that I paid for the last one was Seashells and Brass which I enjoyed so much. Joan Turnet

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