This photo shows the progression of one of my recent paintings titled “Could There be Something Missing?” This is a 24×48 oil painting on canvas. The image to the far right is the finished piece. This happens to be a self portrait. I started out this piece contemplating areas in which I could be lacking. Do I lack compassion? Knowledge? The ability to see things from another perspective?
It could also be taken more literally. As an artist, I often struggle with knowing when a painting is finished. Does it say enough without being overly busy?
Also, I find irony in the fact that I first included the arm in this painting, but I didn’t like the look of it, so I painted it out. I missed it after it was gone. It felt like there was in fact “something missing,” so I painted it back in again; The whole process of which goes nicely with the title! If you notice, I also started this piece with only one leg, but ended up with two. The piece seemed to lack balance without it. (No pun intended!)
So, I suppose this painting is primarily about self contemplation, taking a step back and seeing your own flaws, using your knowledge of those flaws to make improvements as you move forward. But, as I often do with my paintings, it also explores irony and literal meaning as well.
I hope you enjoy this painting. It is currently for sale at: