Knowing What Your Work is About
“My paintings are rooted in the visual patterns created by motion, repetition, color, texture and light. Using these patterns as a point of departure, I attempt to capture the essence of objects and places with a form of realism that is expressive rather than simply a recording of what I see.”
If I am to remain true to my artist’s statement, my work needs to imply detail rather than painstakingly capture every petal on a flower or every crack in a city street. As a result, I try to make each brush stroke count and am conciously aware of the effect each stroke has on the painting–as soon as I can tell a Mason jar is a Mason jar and its filled with water and flower stems, my job is done.
Now, if my goal was to paint photorealistically, the above would certainly not work. That’s why I say it isn’t the type of question someone else can answer for you. Take the time to really get to know your own style, figure out what you are trying to convey–once you’ve done this, you’ll always know when you’re done.
Note: The painting above, “Casual Encounters” is available for sale through Trudy Labell Fine Art.