"Morgentod" was abandoned by me last month; the story is about a young lawyer in Paris at the time of the French Revolution (1789/1794). One evening he went out into the forest after he drank excessively, then he slept in and never woke again. His frozen corpse was discovered by peasants the next morning. The reason was his desperate love to a boy age 16, whom he could not reach. At the moment when I painted the both persons' faces in the sky, I realized they looked horrible and actually the whole image was horrible. It looks so kitschy and hackneyed; the lawyer's pose is too stiff (even for a frozen dead body). I simply don't like it anymore.
"Autumn Carnation" is from October 2004, I think. The trees look unreal and the whole composition looks pointless; and I didn't want to have the woman look like a Goya princess, but like a Raphael Mary. So I cancelled painting this.
"A tale never told" is from October 2004 as well. I thought about shipwreck when I painted it, and my error was not to have a reference photo for the girl's pose, so she looks like a complete wreck herself and I didn't want to repaint it. But maybe I'll be doing something like this later, again. I still like the shipwreck concept with the glowing sun and the red torn flag.
"The Execution of Savonarola: 1498", an anime style image from Spring 2004 ^^; As you can see, it's still at the sketch stage, but there I realized that this wasn't the image I intended to paint. I wanted to make the death of Savonarola more dramatic, intense, as if an angel from heaven was condemned to eternal purgatory. Instead of this, I ended up with a crowded, unreal drawing with horrible figures, including one fanatic in the foreground about whom I don't even know if it's a man or a woman.