|Using a Discarded Mat|
I work on a flat table - my table is my palette. So therefore, there is
a lot of visual distraction around the painting. It's hard for me to see
how its coming along!
To determine the progress of a painting I'm working on, I find it useful to place a mat over this painting temporarily. The mat isolates the painting
from the surrounding area. If no mat is available, I place the painting on a larger sheet of white paper. It gives the illusion of a mat and has the same effect.
It's a simple idea - visually helps me to "see" the painting all by itself. I will see exactly what the painting needs next. Give it a try!