to tread lightly
I experience immediate freedom and liberation when the inspiration comes to begin a new painting. When the painting becomes close to being finished, though, I have to remind myself continuously to tread lightly. Too much and I can lose the essence of the painting altogether. In this stage of the game, I have to remind myself to breathe, I find myself holding my breath. And then, typically, after several days of fine tuning, I breathe a giant sigh of relief when all appears harmonious. This (above) is the first of the larger lions I have completed, titled "Ol' Blue Eyes" (40x30, acrylic on canvas). The first of the larger lions that I started (see top lion in image below) has yet to be finished.
Why lions? It's a six part story (at least).
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