Okay, I was so sure when I wrote last night's entry that I was showing the final of my painting, but when I finished and looked at it again, I knew I had to do something about the color of the building behind the musicians. So I immediately got out my paints and went to work.
The result? Even after rag-rolling* the wet paint, by the time I went to bed I was convinced I had ruined the work entirely. The rag-rolling helped, but the color was still so far beyond god-awful I didn't think anything could save the painting.
Just imagine how I felt. This was a painting I had started in Vermont in August and one that I truly felt in my bones that I had to do. It took a very long time to do for a number of reasons, but I was remained committed to completing it - which I had finally accomplished. And I had destroyed it.
A good night's sleep brought the answer once again. I went back to the studio, carefully thought over what I had come up with during my sleep, took a deep breath, and picked up my tools. It took a while, but when I had finished, I looked at the painting in a mirror and then straight on. The offending color had been turned to a beautiful, rich, but very dark brown. It was slightly mottled (all on it's own without rag-rolling) instead of a flat color. And it was o.k. - too dark, but O. K.!!
So once again, I'd like to show you the finished "French Quarter Notes."
Oh, and you may notice I fiddled a bit in the background, too, until in my head I heard the voice of another student in the class, "Put the Brush Down. Turn your Back and Put your Hands Up. NOW!" So I did.
*Rag-rolling: the term I use to describe using a rolled-up, wrinkled paper towel to blot up wet paint. It blots but also leaves the impression of the wrinkles - easy added texture. I don't know what that method is really called, but this works for me.