What do you do with a painting of Christ that you’ve begun for the Primary room, but now don’t like and won’t finish? It’s leaning on my easel right now, but I don’t know what to do with it!

17 thoughts on “Connundrum

  1. There are two things to do – paint over it or fix it.

    In my experience visual art is a lot like writing in this aspect. Editing hurts, but it always makes for a better product. Valuing what you already have on the canvas too much means you’re unwilling to edit. Trust your talent, trust what you already made, knowing that you can make something better the second time around.

    I say paint over it and start again. Edit Edit Edit

    BTW – I don’t see what you hate about it, but you’re the one in charge.

  2. If it’s on paper or canvas, I would fold it nicely and put it in the trash. I have the same problem getting rid of Ensigns with a picture of Christ on the front.

  3. You could always sell it on craigslist.
    Sell it as-is and you could call it an artistic commentary on the need for us to “do-all-that-we-can-do” to add to the grace of God.
    Or just have someone else finish the project.
    Or you could finish it and sell it. Someone else might see something in it that they like. Heck, I’ll buy it!

  4. It is beautiful, but I can understand not finishing something your heart is not into.
    Whatever you decide to do, you daily show us the depths of your talent.
    You are amazing!

  5. My two cents — if you don’t like it just because it doesn’t look like you want it to look (even if that is because you changed your mind), fix it or start over.

    If you don’t like it because it carries it carries a load of memories that don’t really have anything to do with the painting itself? Maybe have a little good-bye ceremony and let go as much as you can.

  6. You have only 2 options, really. Like Julie suggested, finish it with the children who look like MY children and sell it to me, or have a bonefire and dance around it barefoot. Your choice 🙂

  7. (Okay, sorry, was that comment blasphemous, because it’s a painting of Jesus? I apologize. I must be in a wicked mood these days, because while preparing for my SS lesson, I was reading Moses 7 about Enoch, and I said to DH, “Hey, check this out! Enoch can move mountains, makes rivers cover the land, and bring up a land from the water! He’s TOTALLY like Ang, the Avatar!” If you don’t know what I mean, just ignore the crazy :))

  8. I know who Ang is, and I can’t wait for the movie. I won’t finish it… I’m like that when a painting goes south. I just walk away. What can I say?

  9. I have to say that Jesus looks like Andy Gibb quite a bit in this painting, so why not scrap the veil and puff up the hair and make it into a retro BeeGees poster? …. just a thought

  10. Finish it!! I love it and you will too, if you keep going!! Pray over it and it will be great!! Then it can be MINE!!! Dianne

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