When do your call your art "done"?

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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:37 am

when I run out of time, mostly.
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Postby Rabbette » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:14 am

Its done when its ready to BURN!
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:11 pm

When its ashes finally stop smoldering. ;)

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Postby gyre » Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:15 pm

I like Unjon's idea.


It's done when the customer shows up and won't leave without it.

It's done when it has to go on the wall.

It's done when you lose interest.


Real artists die planning more projects, and I'm talking about people I have seen doing this.


We used to have a group that would get together and share work.

It was very entertaining.

Sometimes it was done, when other people thought you should quit screwing around with it.

Sometimes you just know.
I find that rare.

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Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:49 pm

My art is done when I have to go to the hospital for injuries sustained.
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Postby Foxfur » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:13 pm

Great thread.
I ask 2-3 friends. If they can withstand a withering barrage of my "But I was thinking of one more... And also a... And maybe a..." comments and still say I'm done, then it's done. Usually.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:27 pm

When the microwave pings! of course.
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Postby Snow » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:55 pm

When you're dead and buried.
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Postby capjbadger » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:44 pm

I find that on my longer projects, there is a very odd sense of "No.. this can't be done. I must be forgetting something!" that happens.

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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:15 am

oneeyeddick wrote:My art is done when I have to go to the hospital for injuries sustained.


Yay!

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Postby Elliot » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:26 am

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Postby Leo » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:35 pm

I remember an art professor years ago telling us: "It takes two people to create a painting; one to paint, and the other to tell you when to stop."

I found that I'm better off to put an art project aside for a few days and take a fresh look at it, rather than beat it to death.
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Postby Sic Pup » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:56 pm

It will be done when it's time to load the car for the long road trip.

Actually towards Leo's point I'm working on two* simultaneously and I've been switching off when I need to regroup.




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Re: When do your call your art "done"?

Postby Rabbette » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:53 am

There are a couple different approaches to Art and the process (or journey) that one takes to create.

One approach that can help resolve when art is done, is to have an idea of the final outcome in your mind before you begin working on the piece.

When doing ceramics, most of my professors/teachers of the subject would say to have the final image of what you are trying to create in your mind before you begin working on your piece with the clay. For example if you want to make a bowl, you should think of size, shape, color and function of the bowl. That way while throwing or hand-building your idea you have something to work toward. This helps because clay does NOT like to get overworked, it will become too stretched or stressed and eventually flop if pushed and pulled too many times.

Painting was a bit different, especially if you were working in an abstract manner. I worked until I thought the painting evoked an emotion or question to the viewer. I noticed that usually when I started with an idea of what I wanted the painting to become my work usually turned out better. When ever I would have a new idea while in the middle of creating or finishing my current idea - I found it best to write it down and try it on the next piece of artwork. That way I wasn't in a constant battle of changing my current creation.
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