Tide Pool Revisited

I’m one of those people who can’t just leave well enough alone.

If I create something and am not just thrilled with the results, it will bother me.  I can’t just shelve it and walk away from it.  I have to hide it on the shelf – so I can’t see it and be reminded of my dissatisfaction with it.  Either that, or work on it until I am either a) thrilled with it, or b) hate it even more.

This can be a real dilemma sometimes.  If I’m not thrilled with it a ‘LOT’, there’s not much at stake…if I’m not thrilled with it just a ‘little bit’ …then it can be an issue.

I’d like to think this behavior stems from having perfectionist tendencies; but I’m afraid it stems more from simply being a bit obsessive compulsive.

Case in point: Tide Pool (from the other day).  I liked it ok...just felt it wasn’t finished and wasn’t sure what it needed.  To be honest, I’m still not sure its finished or if it still needs any thing more…but at least I feel I’m moving in the right direction with it.

Let’s just say – if I do end up shelving it – it will at least be visible on the shelf.

For now anyway.

Any thoughts?

Tide Pool

…And so in that enchanted place on the threshold of the sea, the realities that possessed my mind were far from those of the land world I had left an hour before…

and as I watched, a gull flew by…

From the book, ‘The Edge of the Sea’ by Rachel Carson.

“Tide Pool’ – Encaustic, 8×8 on cradled panel.