I’ve been thinking a lot about abandoning a painting before it is finished.
Some years ago I used to paint out (cover with white paint) almost everything I painted. Then I took a workshop from Tony Urquhart who advised us to wait until the next morning to paint things out. He said that often in the night the good fairies come and fix up the painting and that in the morning the painting can turn out to be surprisingly good.
Now I stick with paintings for quite awhile. I think the moment when I want to abandon a painting is not when it is difficult but when it bores me, when I just feel indifferent. Sometimes that is hard to distinguish.
This is a new start. Last week’s painting is on the back side of the plywood, not painted out yet, still waiting for the good fairies.