As it turned out, I did. But if I didn't I might have shifted around some of the eggplants, or maybe even chucked the whole thing and started over.
Now, you may be thinking what a shame it would have been to lose that drawing and all the work that went into it. But watercolor is not like oil paint, you can't just scrape it off and re-paint it. (Well, only a little, and then only if you're lucky.) Once the paint is on the paper it's pretty much there for good. So believe me, it's better to erase a drawing than to go forward with a lousy composition and live to regret it. How do I know this? Go on, take a guess.
After I'd taken the painting as far as I could go, I took a deep breath and a giant step back. It was time to ponder, push and pull. And to administer a few finishing touches. Were there any weak lines that needed strengthening? Any sharp edges that should have been softer? Could the painting use a bit more oomph by adding some dark accents? I made the necessary adjustments.
Suddenly loud warning bells started going off. Uh oh, the signal of approaching danger! I was standing a little too close to the edge, that fine line between overdoing it and leaving well enough alone. It was time to step away from the painting and put the brushes down.
And so there it was, the painting was finished. All in a day's work. The only thing left to do was to roast the eggplants. They were delicious.
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