An artist friend whose opinion I respect suggests that the values are too similar. Another thinks the mermaid should have shells in her hair and more highlights. I originally painted the fish much brighter and think I’ll go back and repaint them, as bright fish were part of the joke.
My problem is was this: I hadn’t gessoed my Indian handmade paper, which I often do not do for watercolor, but not only did the paper blister all over the place when I tried to remove unwanted paint, but when I tried to remove the masking fluid I’d used for white places, I rubbed off big nasty white patches. I was going to throw the whole thing out, but then, I thought I’d see if I couldn’t find something in there I liked. This everyday art project involves practice in easing up on judgement.