The radical idea worked out! I basically sat down with a prepared board and just went for it. It felt great! I really like how it came out. I felt like I was calligraphy or Chinese brush painting at first and that is about the consistency of the paint I was using WITH stinky, toxic, wonderful, odoriferous turpentine from my beloved pine and fabulously poisonous cadmiums and nary a fan blade turned nor a widow sill creaked. Bliss!
At one point I had a lot more detail in the water and moon and sky but brushed it out; it seemed to call for simplicity. Then I had the brush in my hand to begin smoothing over some of the rough edges of the wolf but I looked at it and said, no, leave it as it is. It was done.
I have a lot still to write about this card but its late and I’m tired. It has been a hectic week. So far I am really happy with it.