Challenge: When to Stop?
Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper, Edgar Degas
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do." Edgar Degas
Yesterday I was talking with an artist friend, Jeanne Heise, who does such beautiful sketches in her sketchbook. I'd never seen them until she recently posted them on her website because she primarily exhibits full sheet watercolors. I am a fan of sketches and unfinished work. They help me understand the artist's process. They seem so fresh and spontaneous. Degas' quote may mean the obvious: painting is easier said than done. However, Degas may imply that an artist must not get bogged down in the difficulty of the process, but instead try to keep the painting fresh and not overworked. The challenge: to know when to stop!