After 10 years of painting I am beginning to run out of room for storage of completed paintings. From the beginning I have discarded “failed” watercolor paintings. However, I have not subjected my oil paintings to the same rigorous reduction. Now to gain more space I must look at each painting with a critical eye and decide those which satisfy me and discard those that do not.
After years of education and painting I have gained the confidence necessary to making good judgments. Three years of critiquing student work has served to finely tune my eye. And there are additional reasons for saving a painting other than the skill exhibited. An artist often has an emotional attachment because of the memories attached or the painting may elicit an emotional response from the viewer.
I have just torn up my first oil painting ever, one begun 3 years ago and never “right”. I discard watercolor paintings all the time; why is it so difficult to destroy oil paintings?