Here is a side by side comparison.

Here is a side by side comparison.

Last year, I completed the painting on the right with the boat that had no sails.  I had been working from two photos I had taken but with different exposures.  In hopes of getting all the values that I remember seeing.  Once at a point where I thought that any more work on it would destroy the painting, I stopped.  For some reason, I let the size of the painting get to me.  It was one of my bigger paintings, and the fact that I had gotten lost on the direction on how to complete it, should have clued me in that it wasn't really done.  It's true, that most painters can almost always find something to keep working on .  But at what moment are we to really know when that the painting is truly done?  Confidence during the process can make the decision easier.  Other times, it's not that self evident and we have to struggle within ourselves to know when to stop working.  Having mulled it in my mind for a few months of what to do, I decided to go back into the painting and flesh out the problems I hadn't resolved before.  I think the result is much better.

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