There’s a term I use called ‘back-burner projects.’ The ones you shove away, but plan on coming back to later. Well, I have one of those now. I started a new image, tried to do something for the background that was a bit new- trying to extend myself and whatnot. Turns out I didn’t like what I was doing, so I then tried to change it into something different (not easy with colored pencils) and that wasn’t working out either. I think I might still be able to salvage the image, but I don’t want to worry about it right now. So the plan is to work on other images, and then come back to it later when it will be freash and I’ll have more energy and desire to deal with it. It still may not be my best project- if I end up finishing it- but I would hate to give up. Some of my backburner projects have turned out really great.
This is an example of a ‘back-burner project.’ I did the foreground, including Helmer, the tree, and maybe the papers, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a background, except that I wanted it to be dream-like and ethreal. It was on the back-burner for a long time. I was beginning to doubt I would ever finish it. But I did and it is now one of my favorites.