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When is a painting actually completed?

Here's a quick little blog post to showcase the painting I'm currently working on - and subsequently very torn about. I was lying in bed the other day and couldn't stop thinking about creating a beautiful bunch of proteas I saw at the Rocklea Markets a few days beforehand, so I jotted down a very rough sleepy sketch and went to sleep.

This year I've been trying to push myself to just do things - don't stress about it, don't think "will it be good or will I fail" - just give it a go. As soon as I woke up in the morning I decided to give painting these fascinating blooms a red-hot go, and I must say, I'm very happy with the progress so far.

I went from this very scratchy sketch:

Rough protea draft by Brydie

To this:

Progress protea painting by Brydie

To be honest I'm still not sure if it's a completed work yet. Do I line it? Do I leave it? Do I add shadows? At this moment in time I'm not really sure - the fact that it might be finished without needing to be lined makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. I think I'll leave it like this until I can make a certain decision, because it very well could be done and I might accidentally overdo it if I add more.

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