James Austin Murray, unafraid to edit, artist interview
As I've gotten older I've realized how important it is to edit. I don't let a painting get called done till I'm certain it cannot get better. I'm not afraid of scrapping the paint and starting over. In fact I have a number of old works that I continue to fight with. If I really cannot resolve a piece I'll eventually destroy it but only after giving it a worthy effort. That can last for years in on and off struggle. Some of my favorites are the ones that don't work with me at first. Eventually if I figure out what wasn't working, it's an aha moment and I've broken through. These are the ones you really learn something from which can move the work forward.