Here's a study in what doesn't work. Though there are some beautiful things about these two pieces, they're not really working, and I finally put my finger on why: it's because I am undecided about some very basic questions. Is it painterly or linear? Undecided. It is realistic or decorative? Undecided. Is it flat or does it have depth? Undecided. So no matter what I did to try to unify the different parts and different techniques, they're schizophrenic.
I have this idea in my head, and these are trying to get at that. I just need to make some decisions. I have way too many inspirations at the moment, and there's so many things I want to try, but I can't do them all at once.
So I'm going to keep working on these (not these particular pieces, which I have declared done, as unsatisfactory as they are, but this idea).