When Is It Done?

Hello Friends,

In last week’s newsletter, I showed you the stages of developing a recent painting. Many of you wrote and said that you liked the piece better in one of its earlier incarnations, which begs the question, when is a work of art done?

We all have differing opinions about this, but for me, it’s not done until I love it. It has to “wow” me and have staying power. I want to be delighted every time I see it.

Paintings that are just OK are not done! A finished painting should grab my attention from across the room and also hold my interest when I’m standing right in front of it. There needs to be a depth and complexity that keeps me from looking away. I want to feel amazed by the beauty of it.

I just finished another new piece that I thought I’d show you. These minimalist paintings have really captured my interest lately, and I’m loving the layering effect of colors and patterns.

This piece is titled, “Grandmother’s Garden,” and it’s going to be part of a series that I’m tentatively calling “Birth Death Renewal.” This particular painting is a fantastic montage of blues and greens with underlying tones of purples and reds that conjures up a lush early spring garden with a pond.

My grandmother had a garden, but not this particular garden. I think of this painting as the garden of grandmother time. It’s an archetypal garden that exists only in our collective memories.

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Cassandra Tondro, "Grandmother's Garden," abstract painting

Grandmother’s Garden,” 36 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

When you see these new minimalist paintings in person, they have a rich patina and intensity, and yet they’re also quiet. For me they’re perfect for this time of uncertainty because they’re soothing and comforting yet still provocative.

What feels soothing to you? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



    1. LOL! I tried to step up the marketing a bit after our talk. Thanks for noticing. It’s still on the subtle side, but at least I said that the painting is available for purchase!

  1. I love your words as much as i love your “art”…..you paint beautiful pictures with them as well……

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