I had it all planned out. A melange of several paintings and photos I'd seen over time that seemed just right to me a couple of weeks ago. So I got the perfect canvas shape and size, laid out the basic shapes, and started to paint. The damn thing has not looked right since I first put paint to it.
It has taken me two full days to figure out why I don't like it. And, as usual, it is my treatment of color. The sky, which I'd tried to make subtly sunset-ish, just robs the rest of the work of its impact. So its back to the drawing board.
I will wait till the paint is dry, then repaint the sky in a pale gray blue. To that I will add billowy clouds that fade out around the edges. This will make a nice backdrop for the whispy beach grasses I plan to add in the foreground. Now that I know my plan, I can't wait for the oil paint to dry.
So my message today is, "Don't be afraid to second guess yourself if the work just doesn't feel right. Work through that frustration and do what you know is right. Why waste good supplies on something you won't even want to show. Better to use a bit more paint and a bit more time to make the piece a true reflection of your vision.