When do your call your art "done"?

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When do your call your art "done"?

Post by Mister Jellyfish Mister » Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:50 am

Say what you will about George Lucas who once said "Movies are never finished, only abandoned". At what point do you step back from your art, look it up and down, and call it "done"?
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Post by dragonfly Jafe » Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:09 pm

when the effort/cost to improve it further is balanced by the need to do something else.

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Post by robotland » Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:11 pm

Or when it's DONE but I keep working on it until it's ruined.
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Post by phil » Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:55 pm

It's done when I stick in a toothpick, and it comes out clean!

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Post by unjonharley » Thu Jul 07, 2005 3:43 pm

robotland wrote:Or when it's DONE but I keep working on it until it's ruined.
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Post by AntiM » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:11 pm

I know it must be time to slow down on the projects when they're stacked on every flat surface and along the walls in the hall. I haven't seen my kitchen table in months.

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Post by unjonharley » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:17 pm

AntiM wrote:I know it must be time to slow down on the projects when they're stacked on every flat surface and along the walls in the hall. I haven't seen my kitchen table in months.
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There is no way you can taper off. Your going to have to seek help some time soon. Next you will be sleeping on the floor from taking projects to bed with you. Then who knows what is next.
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Post by Zulegoona » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:30 pm

unjonharley wrote:
AntiM wrote:I know it must be time to slow down on the projects when they're stacked on every flat surface and along the walls in the hall. I haven't seen my kitchen table in months.
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There is no way you can taper off. Your going to have to seek help some time soon. Next you will be sleeping on the floor from taking projects to bed with you. Then who knows what is next.
Out buildings?

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Post by synchronicity » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:55 pm

Out buildings?



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Post by robbidobbs » Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:39 pm

It's done when the event's over.
I'll be in my blanket fort until further notice.

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Post by AntiM » Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:56 am

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Out buildings?
Ah, larry's taken the garage and patio for himself.

I live at high altitude, so sometimes I have trouble telling when things are done.

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Post by robotland » Fri Jul 08, 2005 6:00 am

unjonharley wrote:
robotland wrote:Or when it's DONE but I keep working on it until it's ruined.
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Are there any 12 step meetings to help us?
Yeah, but they take 25 or more steps and by the time you're halfway through, the whole program starts over. Then you have to reorganize the whole structure of the program. Then there's a couple of weeks where you can't think of anything to say. Then you stay up all night and finish the other 12 steps.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:00 am

Brillient thread. We discussed this in art class in college. Don't remember getting a good answer there either. My thought--get it mostly done so that doing refinements isn't a huge burden. Of course, I'm having the opposite problem--setting out time and space to get started. Anybody want 150 small cotton bags with printing on one side that I never decorated for gifting????
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Post by CagedKitty » Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:00 am

Stop BEFORE you ruin it. When you see things going downhill, stop, give it away, and start on a new project. Otherwise it becomes trash.
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Post by unjonharley » Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:07 am

CagedKitty wrote:Stop BEFORE you ruin it. When you see things going downhill, stop, give it away, and start on a new project. Otherwise it becomes trash.


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Post by robbidobbs » Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:47 am

theCryptofishist wrote: Anybody want 150 small cotton bags with printing on one side that I never decorated for gifting????
Hey Fishy!
If you can get them to me, I'll cheerfully iron-on an icon of Pooping Man!

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Post by robotland » Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:57 am

CagedKitty wrote:Stop BEFORE you ruin it. When you see things going downhill, stop, give it away, and start on a new project. Otherwise it becomes trash.
Easier said.....

It IS a good argument for continually exhibiting one's artworks- Can't wreck it when it's outta the house. I've cannibalized numerous partly-to-completely finished things because they didn't hide well enough, or I was too lazy to dig in the garage for parts.
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Post by Steven bradford » Sat Jul 09, 2005 8:17 pm

It's done when the bartender yells "last call", that's when.
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Post by Mister Jellyfish Mister » Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:24 pm

I think I'm gonna start using my little dry erase board in the garage again. Little details that I forget to polish off on projects. I keep going from one to another as the parts or ideas come available.

If I can just look at a project and drink a whole beer without touching it, can I stick a fork in it's ass, turn it over and call it done?
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Post by robotland » Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:46 am

Mister Jellyfish Mister wrote:I think I'm gonna start using my little dry erase board in the garage again. Little details that I forget to polish off on projects. I keep going from one to another as the parts or ideas come available.

If I can just look at a project and drink a whole beer without touching it, can I stick a fork in it's ass, turn it over and call it done?
Best you kill a 'sixer, just to be sure.

Already cleaned the studio project board TWICE.
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Post by unjonharley » Mon Jul 11, 2005 8:37 am

robotland wrote:
Mister Jellyfish Mister wrote:I think I'm gonna start using my little dry erase board in the garage again. Little details that I forget to polish off on projects. I keep going from one to another as the parts or ideas come available.

If I can just look at a project and drink a whole beer without touching it, can I stick a fork in it's ass, turn it over and call it done?
Best you kill a 'sixer, just to be sure.

Already cleaned the studio project board TWICE.


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Post by robbidobbs » Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:58 am

I use a dry erase marker on the bathroom mirror for my To Do list.

I still can't kick my ass hard enough to get the signs completed. I did work on them for a couple hours last night. Prob is that every time I think I've only got a couple more hours to go on it, there's something else that has to happen to them.

I'm stopping when I've sorted them into stacks of 25
... after I've made sure there are no duplicates,
... and then go thru them again for good subject matter coverage,
... and then pull the ones out that I'm not 100% sure of the print quality...

Gawd! I need a beer already!

Oh, was this the "Belly-aching about My Art" thread?
I'll be in my blanket fort until further notice.

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Post by Mister Jellyfish Mister » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:55 pm

*bump* for some final coats of burnable paint.
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:19 am

If it's "done" then it isn't Art is it?

It's finished when I pass out.

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Post by chiefdanfox » Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:28 am

When do you call your art "done"?
When I run out of other names for it.

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Post by Intubater69 » Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:25 am

When the little white thingy pops out.

At least thats what my wifey says. heh heh heh :twisted:
I get to drive the ambulance how fast?!!

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Post by JezebelinHell » Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:47 am

I never call my paintings done. I have a ton of unfinished canvasses all over the house that everyone else seems to think are done, but I'm absolutely convinced they need something and I just haven't figured out what yet.

I did try blow a few times in my younger days when I had more braincells to spare, and when I was doing that my paintings got DONE and they got done in about 8 hours (they usually take me three weeks). Now I hang onto most of my braincells and I have a lot of almost done art lying around.
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Post by phil » Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:04 pm

How about, "It's done when it's smokin'."

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Post by Mister Jellyfish Mister » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:17 am

*bump*
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:20 am

When the police come and say you can't burn that thing on the beach anymore.

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