Technically, my art has continued to stay out of my dreams - it's someone else's painting that has entered my nightmares of late.
I need to back up a little, though.
Next time I need to be more vehement with my "No."
The problem, according to the owner of the painting, is that it doesn't match the rug in the room where she had hung the painting. Also, it's too pink, it wasn't painted to the edges, and she spent a fortune getting it framed and still doesn't like it.
In the end, she emailed me photos of the rug (which is very abstract-ish), and asked me to eliminate much of the Pepto Bismol Pink (my description), paint it to the edges, get rid of the drip marks, and make it match her rug.
Let the nightmares begin.
It's been featured in my nightmares twice now, and while I don't remember much about the content, I know the painting was there, taunting me.
The problem for me is threefold:
First, I feel really weird "fixing," or painting over, someone else's painting. The owner insisted it was ok, it belonged to her now, so I could do with it what I wanted. Still. Weird.
Second, the abstract floral style of the original artist is very dissimilar to anything I would do, so "fixing" it has proven tricky.
Third, trying to make the painting match the fancy rug has meant adding colors that weren't part of the original theme, so it's become overwhelming and without a theme to tie it together.
It taunts me.
Also, this keeps popping into my head:
I took a break from it for a week and a half, and my goal for this coming week is to be miraculously inspired, finish the painting in a blaze of glory, and be rid of my nightmares forever.
And then never ever ever to agree to "fix" someone else's painting ever again. Ever.