But more often than not I'm finding that I document not only the finished pieces in this way but I'll usually photograph the various stages of the entire painting process. I've enjoyed looking back at how the pieces evolve from start to finish and that's been one of the seriously tremendous things that has come from doing this project for so long. I get to review tons of real-life examples of my own work and develop from there. It's akin to a sports team reviewing the film of their past performances and looking for the ways that they were able to find success or reasons why they may have failed in some way. Adjust and develop and grow. [You know what I mean.]
The point is that it's honestly kind of remarkable to be able to see the times where I've done something that was unexpected or unplanned and then see the results work out perfectly. At the same time it's been equally useful to see real demonstrations of how and why I may have failed miserably in some way. [Typically by over-working something to death or by just trying too much in some way.] It's also nice to see how I've been able to turn things around in some way. Like, when the things just look like crap and just aren't working for whatever reason. [I made a promise to always include even the not-so-great pieces and don't allow myself to ever entirely scrap a batch. I have to finish them.] So, yeah, when I feel like they are a disaster and I don't know how I'll get back on track I have this photographic record to look back on and see how I managed to pull it off. Or not.
[I'm rambling for sure. Sorry.]
Anyway, over the last year or so I've recently started to share some of these process photos and I'm including some from this particular group.