Why quitting in the middle of a painting isn't an option


By Madaras Gallery Staff

"African Sunrise" by Diana Madaras


Anyone who has ever spent a significant amount of time creating an artistic work has experienced the desire to give up at some point. Painting isn't like building a model airplane - there is no instruction manual once you've begun a daring new work. Creeping doubts and perceived mistakes, combined with the difficulty inherent in painting, can kill many a creative endeavor before it is completed. However, Diana Madaras finds that quitting in the middle of a painting simply isn't an option - she finishes it no matter what. And here's why...

Great Artists Don't Give Up

You've probably heard the story of Vincent Van Gogh and how he only sold one painting in his lifetime. Clearly, this did not stymie his creativity or work ethic, and he is now one of history's best-known painters. Van Gogh is certainly not alone; there are countless examples of great artists, musicians and leaders who overcame adversity only to create great works for humanity. Adversity comes in many forms, but one of the most difficult to overcome is the adversity one creates for himself/herself. 

African Sunrise is an example of a painting Diana wanted to trash, but when she stuck it out and finished the piece, she loved it. After this experience, she vowed to always finish a painting before deciding its ultimate fate. 

You'd Be Amazed What a Painting Can Become

The act of giving up usually stems from a combination of mental fatigue, self-doubt and the idea that the concept or execution of the painting wasn't right. Who knows how many potentially great works were left half-finished? Diana says, "The left brain is a really strong critic and makes me want to throw many a painting in the reject drawer, but long ago, I committed to forge on when I forced myself to complete a 'bad' painting and in the end, it became a wonderful piece of art. Some great paintings have resulted when I didn't give up." So if you're in doubt, keep working! You never know what a painting may become.