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03/02/2005: "Last entry (I promise) on the raven cat painting"
Someone in my guestbook said I should paint the window totally out of the painting, that it's distracting. I photoshoped it. I kind of like it without the window, just not sure if I like it enough to repaint it tonight when it's already overdue at the gallery.
This is what it would like like without the window, but in the black frame I have picked out for it.
A co-worker made the comment that by posting so many versions of a painting for public comment I’m actually creating work by popular demand! That isn’t the case at all. I’m posting a version based on either a feeling that something isn’t working or to try out something new to see if it improves the piece or not.
Ultimately I make the decision based on what *I* think works the best. Getting input from other artists/viewers allows me see things I might otherwise miss which is a helpful part of the process for me; nothing is 100% finished until I say it is.