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June 23, 2022

Reasons to save WIPs


  • When I do my oil paintings, I can look at the canvas any time. While waiting for my paint to dry, I can examine it and plan ahead for my next painting session. I can apply this to my digital work as well, and it’s good to have documentation of the process.

  • I can look at my progress any time without having to open the file on my computer. Since I can’t work on it, all I can do is observe. I may notice things I might have not otherwise noticed when I was in Art Mode. This allows time for contemplation and planning

  • I can see the last time I worked on it.

  • It shows the behind-the-scenes process of how I got to the final result. There should be less wondering when I look back at it someday, years from now.

  • This gives me something to look forward to. It motivates me to see the project through to the end. 

  • It’s interesting to compare and contrast the final result with earlier stages. How has it changed from the initial vision? How has it stayed faithful? There are all sorts of questions to contemplate before, throughout, and after, the course of the art process.

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