So what’s wrong with this picture?

The hardest part, or is it only the most tedious part?

The hardest part, or is it only the most tedious part?

What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing really, aside from the fact that it isn’t finished yet. One part that’s not finished demonstrates one of those niggling little things that make an artist wish for assistants to carry out work that probably nobody is really going to pay much attention to anyway.

I’m referring, of course, to the sides of the painting. Normally a frame would cover this and the whole deal would be a big “so-what?”. Most times, I just paint the sides white so the painting can be hung as-is or framed, whatever the client wants. But this one is special, in the same category as some of the other portraits I’ve done which rely heavily on the landscape factor. It just looks a lot better for the unframed painting if the image continues around the sides of the canvas, which in this case are about 1-3/8″ deep. It’ll look great when done, but it would be such a relief if all those pesky leaves had been finished on the front of the canvas instead of wrapping around the sides.

As for the rest of the painting, Gunny needs another pass, maybe two, or maybe not. Rosie is pretty much finished. Meanwhile, I’m waiting for today’s work on Gunny to dry. Again…

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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2 Responses to So what’s wrong with this picture?

  1. munchow says:

    I like the three dimensional feeling of painting around the corners. I understand you concern for the leaves, but I actually think it’s cool. Keep up the good work! And Merry Christmas to you!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      I like the look of the wrapped painting, and I think the leaves are cool, too; they’re just very labor intensive and when I’ve finished what is supposed to be the “picture”–meaning the front of the painting–it’s like there’s a forgotten afterthought that must be attended to before everything is really right. In other words, “just when you thought you were finished…”!!

      Merry Christmas to you, too–and thanks for your comments!


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