Monday, February 20, 2012

When Creating Art Sometimes You Have To Just Walk Away

I learned this from golf:  when you're in the middle of a swing and it just doesn't feel right, stop and start over.  It's hard to do.  Recently I posted a painting with two ducks and some fish  that I spent three weeks working on.  Last week, though, I stepped back from my drafting board to check the tonal values and I knew it was time to quit. One of the ducks looked stiff to me.  The water wasn't showing any movement.  I couldn't get the fish to disappear underneath the water.  I realized I'd used the more textured side of the Stonehenge paper. So, even though I invested three weeks of my precious art life in this painting, I'm glad I quit.  I learned I love the smooth side of Stonehenge because of the way it takes color.  I was trying to change the photo too much and it just didn't work for me. I just finished a new painting and I love the reflection of the grapes in the silver bowl.

Grape Reflection by Susie Tenzer, 8" x 10" colored pencil (all rights reserved)  Buy this painting

I'm participating in a blog hop this week.  What's that?  It's a fun activity where you can visit a lot of wonderful blogs.  Click on the Blog Love Therapy below & start hopping!  See you in a couple of weeks, I'll be out of town visiting my adorable grandkids.


  1. hey miss! i saw you on blog hop and thought i would say hello!

    newest follower! ♥
    follow back ?

    hugs, xo!

  2. Thank you for sharing this valuable lesson you learned Susie! It is so hard to quit when you have so much time invested, but sometimes it is the best choice. I love your new piece with the grape reflections! Can't wait to see it in person.

  3. Hi from a fellow blog hopper and new follower!

    Opalline :)

  4. That's a lovely painting. It looks so real.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend with your grandkids.

    New follower from the blog hop.

  5. great painting! Love the shine in the center of the bowl! hopped over for a visit :) following!

  6. thanks for stopping by Jasmine, Heather, Opalline Star, my mini bag & badBarbara!

  7. Grandkids... What about your adorable daughter???

  8. Have fun with your grandkids!

    Stumbled upon your blog through blog-hop - greatest way to connect to bloggers ever! Let's keep in contact. Please check out my blog and follow me too if you like it, Thanks!