When to stop resisting the finish
I recently published an essay at morewomenartists.org about when a work is really “finished”, and how to identify that moment.
It is human nature to try to perfect our work. Of course we want to present ourselves as excellently as we can. But with our creative endeavors, as with many efforts we make in life, the axiom “Less is more” often applies. Indeed, knowing when to stop is one of the most perplexing questions in art-making. When will doing more be counter-productive? When will that next stroke turn our direction into a downward spiral? To all artists who have had the experience of ruining their work, I speak to you now.
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