Would you like to hear a story? This is a story about how a great painter taught me a lesson about writing.
A few years ago (9, actually), Shana and I bought our first “real” piece of original art. Whatever my art budget was before we went looking, we multiplied it by 5 and then added a zero to the end. No joke. But, I love it. It’s an oil painting by a French surrealist named Anne Bachelier. Google, her.
When we got there, she had a smock on, and was doing touch-ups on this huge piece (~$100,000 value). She said there were always little things to touch up after shipping. We chatted with her a bit about her “process”. One of the things she said to me, which I thought was inspired, what that a painting is never finished. She could spend the rest of her career adding paint to a single canvas, and it would never be done. She would come back the next day, and she’d be a new person, so the painting would need to take on what she brought that day. At some point, she had to decide to “just stop”. Finishing a painting wasn’t an absolute, it was just a decision to “move on”.