A Dream of Mexico Painting… How to Finish your Art Project Once and For All!

"A Dream of Mexico", 12 x 16", Acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

“A Dream of Mexico”, 12 x 16″, Acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014. Click all for larger views.

A Dream of Mexico, detail.

“A Dream of Mexico”, detail.

“Dreams are very important. They push us forward, even if we don’t have anyone outside of us asking about our dreams.” – KGT

I created this painting 3 months ago to make a farewell card for a sweet lady, Beth Hayes, retiring editor-in-chief for McCall’s Quilting Magazine, and my former employer.

Now it is September, and I went back to re-work the painting for a finished art piece. There were things missing and I had a feeling I needed to discover what was left undone. This is my final effort, all done! I’m a believer in letting a project go quiet for a time. Sometimes we need to step away and come back later with fresh eyes.

Architectural model, Cozumel, Mexico, from Discover Mexico Park

Architectural model, Cozumel, Mexico, from Discover Mexico Park

Our family has traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico over the years for vacation time. A more recent trip on a quilt teaching cruise with McCall’s Quilting in 2013 took us to a wonderful off-shore excursion to the Discover Mexico Park in Cozumel, Mexico. It was a rainy day, but I didn’t care. As an artist, I completely appreciated the effort and execution of talented artisans who created this extensive garden setting display. It shows many of the most amazing architectural wonders of Mexico in a smaller scale, but not miniature. We walked around these smaller renditions and a person can truly get a better feel for the “real thing”.

Discover Mexico architectural model, Cozumel park, Mexico

Discover Mexico architectural model, Cozumel park, Mexico

At first glance, this looks like a real building. Then you can see that the people in the foreground are part of the museum display pieces. Incredible!

My inspiration thoughts from this blog today are:

1. It’s okay to stop in the middle of a worthy project if you feel you are getting stuck. Keep it around though, don’t bury it!

2. Revisit your project now and then to keep your idea in mind. Then let it go again, don’t stew over it.

3. After some time, take a fresh look at your project. Try to forget the past and see it with fresh eyes as if you are seeing it for the first time. Ask an art friend to look too, if they can be trusted.

4. Say now, it’s time to finish this! Just go for it and then be happy you have that sense of completion. That is a thing to be enjoyed, no matter what you think of the end product for now. It’s done and you can add that to your “finished projects” repertoire. That is the file that we can learn from. It’s a valuable file.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “A Dream of Mexico Painting… How to Finish your Art Project Once and For All!”

  1. Becky Hulbert Says:

    I love everything you paint. Do you have a book (how to!) published? thanks, becky

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