I don't consider this one a rough start, because for a long time, I considered it done. What really happened, however, was that I had reached a point where I liked how things were coming together and got worried that if I continued on, I was going to muck the whole thing up.
|Acrylic on 16x20 canvas|
This is my finished - actually, really and truly finished - product:
I'm happy as hell with most of it. Especially the rocks. I was always kind of bothered by how the rocks in the original kind of just looked like amorphous blobs of grey. The forest in the background seems more three-dimensional, like there is more depth to it. Lastly, I am really excited about how the piano turned out, although in my original vision, it would be more dilapidated, as though nature was taking it back. I'm a little disappointed that I wasn't able to get that across.
I've been told that there's a bit of an "Alice In Wonderland" feel to this, which can be partially attributed to the fact that I still have some real problems with proportion... I'd been working on this for over two weeks before I came to the realization that these are either some pretty stunted trees, or that is one HUGE piano, judging from the height ratio between it and the seemingly mature oak just in behind it.
Meh. Live and learn. In the meantime, I'll call it surrealism.