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a painting to see how it evolved.
is radical and relatively rapid at the beginning phase of a painting.
Usually something from the beginning remains all the way through.
Sometimes there is a major shift in early or middle stages. Once
a composition takes hold there is a long process of developing
nuances. The end phase is often slow and subtle.
Paintings are dated according to the dates they are finished.
Usually they progress for a year or two. Sometimes they meander
for a long time, and sometimes I rework canvases from earlier
I started documenting the process of paintings with a digital
camera in 2004. Although I had previously shot photos of paintings
in process, the use of film limited the number and usability of
paintings-in-process photos. With a digital camera, auto-slide
shows and the web facilitate a glimpse into the process of how
the paintings develop.
Has anyone else done this?
A: On the web? I don’t know. With
Q: How do you know when a painting is finished?
A: When I don’t see anything more that will make it
more clearly what it is and further work would move towards
change rather than completion.
Angel is a painter and new media artist. Angel's work
has been exhibited and published in various contexts and locations.
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