Paintings by Dianne Mize

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Finale: Polyphemus Painting

I think the moth painting is finished.  In fact, there are several of the earlier phases that might have been called finished, but that's how it goes with painting.  The trick is to stop before it gets overlystated.  I like stopping slightly understating, but what seems an understatement to me might come off as an overstatement to a viewer.

Polyphemus     20" x 22"  Watercolor on Paper
I remember in an art show back in the late 60's, seeing a painting whose entire content was a handwritten message:  "Say Everything Completely."  I remember thinking, Chopin never did that, Shakespeare never did that, Rembrandt never did that.  We complete a work, then leave it to tell its audience what it's all about.  A good painting never says everything completely.

Enjoy your Saturday.
Dianne

2 comments:

Cindi said...

dianne,, youve moved.. thanks for stopping by the other day..i'm so glad, as you have been on my mind too.. going to come back and catch up, when i have a few minutes but just wanted to say hi.. and im doing ok..farther down out path for sure... but hanging in there...thanks so much for asking!! beautiful painting!!!

Annice said...

Wow, love it. Wonderful colors.