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Knowing When to Stop

Retired in Nova Scotia acrylic painting

Retired in Nova Scotia 18" x "24

Sometimes I have trouble knowing when a painting is finished. When the painting is nearing completion, I have this need to tinker – brightening here, darkening there, adding more detail, fine-tuning the colour, and on and on it goes. The trick is knowing when to stop, before the painting becomes overworked. So, I am taking a break from this one. I think it might be done, but I’m not sure. I have to look at it for a while.

By the way, I’ve painted this boat before (several years ago). You can see the first version on my home page or here.

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  1. I think it is looking pretty fine – is this by any chance Peggy’s Cove? I think I photgraphed the same boat form a different angle.

    September 14, 2011
    • Hi Helen. If I remember right, it was in a town called Prospect, near Peggy’s cove. Beautiful place.

      September 14, 2011

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