Sunday I completed a painting I’ve been working on since Christmas. I’ve been absolutely dying to hang it up and it’s been a struggle to find the time to work on it between the pregnancy, visitors and life in general.

It’s finished, hung and I’m happy to have it off my easel in one way yet in another, I’m itching (and a bit nervous) to start the next one. I’m going BIG again, another six-footer for our stairwell.

The gun and flowers turned out well (preeeeeety much the way I planned) but I can’t help staring at it and wondering if it’s REALLY finished (is it ever?) Wondering if I would have done a few things differently if I could do it all again….Knowing, that I have zero interest in starting another one because I need to switch it up.

Do you ever feel that way? After finishing one thing you just need to start something completely different?

When I paint for others I feel a sense of relief when I finish a piece and I usually feel proud. I can’t quite work out what it is about painting for myself that unsettles me. I’m probably too critical but I’m honestly never completely satisfied.

Take this painting, for example.

It’s grown on me but it’s not what I pictured when I started. My intentions were to let intuition take over. So they did. And they ran away. The piece ended up being a mash-up of many of the styles I’ve experimented with over the last few years. Maybe I went right for my comfort zone or maybe I took what I learned and pushed it even further….Maybe it’s all the way you look at it.

I guess it does look pretty cool against the concrete wall…

If you have any insight I would love to hear it. How do you push from one project to the next?

Author: dawnrieniets

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6 thoughts on “The Space Before A New Beginning

  1. Love your paintings Dawn xx

    Posted on March 6, 2017 at 10:39 pm
    1. Thank you so much gorgeous!

      Posted on March 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm
  2. I love them both but that big one… it’s amazing!!

    Posted on March 6, 2017 at 11:25 pm
    1. Thank you Karin!!

      Posted on March 7, 2017 at 12:54 am
  3. I know what you mean about wondering if it’s ever really finished. I did an acrylics workshop back in November and I’ve not been happy with one of the pieces from the workshop. I keep going back to it, adding and changing. And the other day, I added bright pink to it – a painting that is predominantly blacks and blues. I was hoping it would lift it. The pink did lift it, but I’m still not happy. I think I just need to tuck it away and forget about it for now. Anticipation of a new project is lovely, and the unsettled feeling of the old project is all part of the creative process.

    Posted on March 7, 2017 at 9:25 am
    1. I’m a terrible tinker-er myself. Sometime the best thing I can do is put a painting away for a while and 9 times out of ten I come back to it and then I really like it. Distance is such a helpful thing sometimes!

      Posted on March 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm