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What do you do when you get stuck on a painting?

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crimsonavengerv2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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What do you do when you get stuck on a painting?

Any advice?

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mikesblender Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The ones I've gotten stuck on are always the ones where I didn't put enough thought or effort into the initial composition and layout, and now they just lean against the wall collecting dust. Once I threw out about 10-15 half done works that I just hated. I usually don't do that but I was moving overseas and I wasn't about to ship them.

Every artist has some duds sitting around, don't let it get to you too much. Consider it a learning experience.
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macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Start a differnt one, can always come back later.
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ShaunMichaelJones Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
I leave it for a while and come back to it. I keep it propped up somewhere so i always see it and hope that i can solve the problem.
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miss-oddball Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sometimes (at least for me) a painting isn't always meant to be finished. The spark to create it is there, and then it's gone, and sometimes there's no hope in getting that spark back. I have a few canvases stacked in my closet of old paintings that just don't speak to me anymore. With those I sometimes pull one out and rework it a few months later to turn it into something new, or I just gesso over it entirely and start from scratch.

Or, I just turn the painting upside-down or sideways and work that way to see if it stirs any new inspiration haha.
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bustermaximus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Leave it alone for awhile.
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clockwork-madness Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Usually when I get stuck on a painting I just kinda ignore it for a few days. Being a student I unfortunately don't really have the luxury to just abandon a painting for months at a time, so after a few days I just look at it. I objectively study it and try and figure out what it is exactly that is bothering me so much about it and make the necessary changes. Getting feedback from other artists can help you to see what you may not, and thus help you more with your art-block.
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HeathersPaintMix Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to agree with everyone here. When I get stuck I usually abandon the piece for some time (sometimes years) until one day I stumble upon it and get that "a-ha!" moment. If I'm REALLY stuck I bust out the gesso for a complete redo. I used to believe that if I didn't finish a piece in an "appropriate time" then it was "dead" but this isn't true. A painting can go on and on and on... I try to work on a few pieces that way when one is irritating me I can move to something else (or play video games heheh.)
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Leave it and forget about it. After a few months or years I may decide to come back to it, or start over.
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mondu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
"Art is never finished, only abandoned. "
-- Leonardo Da Vinci

I'd say that's good advice. Come back to it if you feel like it. Otherwise, just leave it as it is.
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Neonila Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Grumble, look at it, try to love it -usually I get stuck when I don't like it much-, put it 3m from me and pace up and down smoking looking at it -must stop smoking bleh- then depends if i think its going well n Im stuck I try taking it up the next day or if I think Ive been doing crap I make a big smudge over it and start over.

A week later if its not finished its dead.

I just started painting last year though so big newbie :P
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crimsonavengerv2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I often do the same thing, though I don't know when to give up on one, as I often find it difficult to just start over. Most of the stuff I like what I have so far, but for some reason, such as mood, patience, inspiration on the piece, I just get stuck.
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kila-ibyao Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Work on a different piece, then come back to it after a long while.
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crimsonavengerv2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What if that doesn't work? How long do you wait before you consider a painting able to continue or beyond finishing/repair?

What if your style changes during that length of time and trying to force the former style just doesn't give it that same appeal?
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kila-ibyao Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well when you get to the point that your style changed, it's because you improved as an artist. Thus you would most likely find little reason to work on that piece. However, as you have improved, you can always start from scratch on another canvas and work off of the original image being as it would be pointless and difficult to try to fix a highly error-ed image. I find that sometimes I goof up because I am set on saving a part of an image that I love, but in reference to the rest of the composition, it does not work.

If you are set on saving the image, you can always have someone else look at it or wait 5 days- 5 years to go back to it.
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