WOW vs It’s a Keeper But……

It’s a given that you’re not going to knock it out of the park with every painting.  Some of mine definitely make me go WOW, that really worked.  Some of them, however, are good….  not just pretty good, but good…….. but….. I can’t articulate it, but there’s just something missing…..

Here are a couple of examples:

This one made me go WOW (12×36)


This one (10×10) is definitely show-worthy, but it’s not as good as the big version; the smaller version didn’t work as well with all that detail, even tho’ I knocked a LOT of the detail back.  Here’s BEFORE I added the detail:

Here’s after I added the detail, went YUCK, and then painted over and muted alot of the detail:


Here’s a turtle where I just didn’t get the colors right – I finally glazed over the whole thing with Quinacradone Gold, and added some shadows between the platelets.  I’ll keep it, but it doesn’t have a WOW factor.

TurtleCa TurtleCb

I don’t find this frustrating.  I know it happens to all artists.  I’m just kinda talking out loud, I guess………….

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3 Responses to WOW vs It’s a Keeper But……

  1. Jo says:

    Your octopus is definitely a WOW!

    • mckitt123 says:

      Well, fortunately art is SO subjective, and I’m glad that you think it’s a wow – Thank You! It’s positive comments like yours that allow me to keep paintings that I’m not totally in love with, but that I know have some merit.

  2. Susanne Bourgh says:

    keep up the good work!!! Thanks for sharing !! Suz

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