Neural rewiring is possible, apparently. A recent interview on Quirks and Quarks dealt with the amazing case study of a 7-year-old who had to have a substantial section of one hemisphere removed because of a cyst. Scientists monitoring him over the next three years were utterly astonished to find that his brain had made new neural pathways; his visual processing was functioning normally.
This sounded promising until the scientist went on to say that only a child’s developing brain can pull off the starfish trick of regrowing a part. So much for that.
So here we are. This painting actually had some promise. But subsequent layers destroyed the underpainting without improving anything. I guess the lesson is to quit while you are ahead and resist the impulse to blunder ahead. Walk away. Make the supreme effort to look around outside after dark. Come back when you know something.
Sincere thanks to the surviving part of my brain that reminded me to take a picture.