In addition to conducting a year-end review (which I discussed in the previous blog post), the new year also prompts me to reorganize my studio. One of the ways I do this is to segregate unfinished pastel paintings into three categories: will finish, might finish, and time to let go. Paintings that may have been in the “will finish” pile one year often end up in the “time to let go” pile after a year of neglect. It isn’t that they don’t have any merit and could even be completed to a satisfactory outcome; it is that the inspiration and motivation to do so has been lost. After considerable time passes, every painter needs to realize that he or she has changed. What inspired, and the methods and technical abilities employed then, has been left to the past. It is time to look to the future.
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