So I'm keeping this painting for target practice and to remind me of lessons learned. As with everything, their are rules and techniques that need to be learned and then you need to develop the confidence in your skills to know when to break the rules. I'm still very much in the learning phase and frustrated with the slow pace of my learning.
Here is another painting I've been working on. I learned a lot from this painting too but I think I've reached a point where I need to call it finished--while I still kind of like it. I am afraid of tinkering with it any further.
The following painting is still in progress. It needs some more work, but I have to be careful not to ruin the parts of the painting that are working.
In the end, painting isn't any different than writing. You have to have a good basic structure or the whole thing falls apart. You have to be able to hear the rhythm of words and the subtleties of color. You have to be able to recognize a wrong note or a better note. Words and paints are just another form of music.