If you paint a lot you know that you're walking the intellectual
tightrope between detailed enough, and lacking in detail.
I had a teacher once who would take a superb watercolour
and go that one step too far in detail, moving the painting
from the sublime, to a step below it. Frequently it was a stop
sign in the distance with a clearly worded "stop" on it. That
word was like a mantra to me. Stop putting in detail, because
from that distance you wouldn't see the word, just the colour,
and even so. But we all want to be like Google Earth, and
zoom in on the subject so that it's there with crystal clarity.
I'm working on some pieces right now that are just at the
edge of that dilemma and ready to step over. Too much
detail hurts a painting. Not enough makes the viewer
equally uncomfortable. Striking that balance? It's
all about standing back and seeing the whole work, not
needing work. But here are a couple of drawings.
Have a perfectly detailed day.