I started to laugh at the memory of some of those old paintings though. For example, “Cake Face” is a portrait I worked on for days, and as the name suggests, after so many layers of paint, poor technique (I was 12 years old) and a severely neglected photo reference, the portrait began to look more like a frosted cake than a portrait. Actually it’s kind of terrifying.
Another painting there is a rooster in a loft part of a barn. Let’s call it “Fan of Feathers.” I had some photo reference, but I got very carried away with the roosters tail feathers that after a few days of work and one night painting very early into the morning the rooster’s tail feathers made him look more like a white, majestic peacock sitting on a throne of golden strings than a rooster sitting on hay. Those tail feathers are full of pastel colors! And I’m pretty sure they take up more than 3/4 of the canvas. YIKES.