This is the final portrait. The last phase is really about details and contrast and taking the time to step back (literally) from the easel and viewing the piece as someone in a gallery might. I have heard that a 8-10 foot rule as a viewing distance is a good place to start.
I have often pondered how one decides when a piece is complete. I think i could really work a piece forever because depending on mood and lighting and other extraneous forces I see the piece differently every time I look at it. Sometimes I think you just need to call it because you are just fiddling around and not really making progress just changes that amount to nothing.
In the end, I have to like the piece before I let it go. The catch of course is that once I have it to that point, I dont want to let it go! ha ha. Thanks for reading and following...more artists to come.
Have a great summer!