Okay - I admit it. I have a love-hate relationship with this painting. There are parts I just love, and there are parts I am finding extremely frustrating. It is not quite finished, and I am not sure whether I will complete it. I have never tried to paint metal before, and the trumpet is driving me crazy. I do love how this paper (Opus 140 lb. cold pressed) has "grabbed" the paint and made the wall look just like the stucco of the actual wall. It is also a very tough paper, able to be scrubbed and abused without too much damage. On the other hand, it is hard to correct any mistakes and some parts look flawed because of how it has handled the water/paint ratio. If nothing else, it has taught me a lot about certain aspects of working on papers other than what I normally use (Arches 300 lb. cold pressed).
So - is it worth my time to complete this painting? I am just not sure. I was thinking of burning it just last week. Now, I am thinking of giving more hours to what could be a hopeless cause. Hmmm... I need some perspective other than my own. Anyone care to tell me how you handle these types of problems? Do you put it away for a year and then revive it? Do you do it over again (can't even go there right now). Do you just tell yourself that someone will like it? (Can't imagine that - I paint so that I will like it, and am pleased when someone else does too.) BIG SIGH!
Okay - I have whined enough. Back to the drawing board - think I will prep a canvas tonight for a painting I have in mind to try. Thanks for listening!