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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Iron fence with Sparrows pyrography


'Iron fence with Sparrows' is now nearing completion, just a few leaves to finish rendering and some tones to adjust in some areas of the background. Overall there are several aspects that could have been much better and I think that the process of completing this piece has taught me some things that I should be able, to use to do better work next time.

Without enlightening those that don't see the various problems that are apparent to me now, and without goading those that might see them but graciously choose to overlook them, I will mention a few generalities that I am continuing to learn in the process of completing pieces of work and would recommend by way of advice.

1. Apart from starting again, which is sometimes necessary (but also necessarily at an early stage of work) make sure you complete what you are doing to the best of your ability at the time, not the ability you think you have.

2. Don't be tempted to point out to others the faults you see in your work. Just about everyone who makes something does this. I remember reading about a professional painter who talked an otherwise eager customer out of buying one of his works using this tendency.

3. Take note and learn what the medium can and can't do well, design and choose designs that can be rendered well in the medium, pyrography on hoop pine ply in this case.

4. Don't rush thinking things through, you'll end up painting yourself into a corner.

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