Stuck! Painting in Progress-Try Something New or Do What I Do?

I peeled the masking fluid off my painting I’m working on and filled in the tree-figure-thingy with  a light wash in shades of red, brown, and yellow. Now that it has sat this way for a couple of days, I kind of like how light and bright the figure is compared to the background. The thing is, my intention was to fill in the tree with a lot more color, including gobs of indigo and burnt umber.

Here is an image of (most of) the painting:

"slip away" "lesley atlansky" gouache paper dream dreamscape tree space stars moon cosmos universe nursery hubble tree branches

And here are a couple of examples of how the tree-figure-thingy usually ends up:

"possessions-fleeting" gouach tree figure night space cosmos cosmic dream dreamscape moon

“Possessions, Fleeting” © 2010 Lesley Atlansky

"Pouring From the Sky" gouache dream dreamscape cosmic cosmos tree moon space night

“Pouring From the Sky” © 2009 Lesley Atlansky

I have no idea what to do. I like the way it looks, and it would be awesome to test it out. I have no idea how to go about painting it though! I’m pretty heavy handed with the darker colors, and I don’t want it to end up looking too pastel. It is also a huge piece of paper, and I know I have a mental block about messing up so tragically on such a big piece of paper.

I should just go for it, yeah? It is just one piece of paper. It is a learning experience. Maybe I’ll discover something great! Maybe it will look so horrible I’ll know not to be tempted to try that again! If I don’t like it, I can always paint over it with darker colors. I think I’ve talked myself into going for it!

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