Work in Progress Paris Passy Gate and Do You Work on More Than One Painting at a Time?

www.kimminichiello.comWork in Progress, Paris Passy Gate, Watercolor

The opening for the “Orange Blossom Special” Aril Exhibition at the Winter Garden Art Association was last night and there was a great turn out, wonderful art, crowd, and music!  If you live in the area, stop by and see the show, and see what this great new facility in our community has to offer!

Today I thought I would share some progress on Paris Passy Gate.  I had started this painting after I had designed the Coral Reef Menu commission for Epcot, while the design was being approved and before the actual paintings for the menus were done.  I’m usually a monogamous painter focusing on one at a time.  However, this may be the first time I put one aside for a while after completing two other paintings.  I tend to get in a groove on one painting and really know the palette of color I’ve worked out and the painting techniques I’m using on a particular piece.  Then I don’t over think it too much and just let the intuition kick in.

On this one, with some considerable time apart,  I had to get to know it again. In this case, I am so thankful I made some color notes and swatches.  So I could go right back to the palette I started with.  It sure saved a lot of time.

I may not be making any sense.  Artist friends if you would like to comment please feel free.  Can you easily work on more than one painting at a time, or are you dedicated to one until it’s finished?  Although that’s not to say that, sometimes when I think a piece is finished,  a few day, weeks or months may go by and I decide it’s not and tweak it some more.

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4 thoughts on “Work in Progress Paris Passy Gate and Do You Work on More Than One Painting at a Time?

  1. Hi Kim,
    I know exactly what you mean about getting to know it again. Color notes and swatches do save the day. As we become older they become more and more important. I do try to finish or at least keep on working on a painting before starting another. I’m referring to the actual painting process. The mental process is going on long before and sometimes after I’ve picked up or put the brushes aside. I am tempted to do just a little change here and there but usually don’t give in to temptation.

    • Hi Rich,
      It’s been really interesting reading all the responses to this question. (Many have made comments on Linked In) One thing I’m realizing is that one of my favorite processes of painting is the design process. I find myself often while working on one I’m thinking and planning what I’d like to do for the next one. So essentially I am working on at least 2 at the same time.

  2. Hi Kim,

    I know exactly what you mean. Trying to recreate a color you used on something can be excruciating.

    I have gone back twice and tweaked a painting. And I was glad that I had. I guess you’d have to leave things sitting around your studio for ages to know if you’re satisfied. I figure that if I’ve framed it and it’s been in the gallery for sale and it’s still bugging me, I’ll bring it home and fix it!

    I do occasionally work on more than one painting at a time – it’s like going to work in a different office! I have a separate palette for it and that’s the only way I can keep them straight. Once I get into it, then I’m fine.


    • Hi Dottie,
      I think you have hit the nail on the head for me as to why, I don’t work on multiple paintings at at time in watercolor especially. I think like you I would need a separate palette for each. Thank you for commenting, I am very drawn to your work! I came to really appreciate Chinese painting while living in Hong Kong.

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