Originally Posted by kz202r
I have been known to take paintings off the wall after evaluating for a few weeks/months to add to the composition in an effort to better balance the scene. Is this common to new artists?
Looks like you are an artist to me. This is what it is all about. If you are a true artist you will never be satisfied with a painting more than a few days... it is all about learning and working at getting better.
I have heard of great painters walking into houses after a painting has sold and changing compositions after years of being "finished".
I personally like to think about my compositions as being balanced on a pendulum. I try and make the whole painting feel balanced from left to right, top to bottom, and foreground to background. This is not a science. It is a feeling. This is of course in addition to paying attention to how you guide the viewer's gaze through your painting using leading lines, color and value contrast, atmospheric perspective, etc etc.