After an absurd, scandalous, and massive amount of work, the parlor in the 1894 Cross House was, at last, close to being done. But Ross was…unhappy. In staring at this image, Ross felt it was, ah, too perfect. WHERE was the all-important discordant element? For, without a discordant element, rooms can seem lifeless.
Ross came up with a dozen potential solutions to this epic problem. Yes, yes, the world may be going to Hell but, damn, not until the Cross House parlor was the best it could be.
So, Ross continued ponderingfretting&worrying.
Then a light bulb went off.
The vines!!!!!!!! The vines on the picture rail!!!!!!!! Ross zeroed in on their utter failure in making the parlor come alive. While visible in this close-up image, they were barely visible in person. Oh, the horror. And Ross suddenly realized that something had to be done. (The frieze has since been changed.)
Royal blue to the rescue!!!!!!!! But…damn…still not quite right. Damn. So, Ross had to sand them, subduing the blue. That helped. But still…not quite right.
Then Ross rubbed gold onto the blue. The same gold as the picture rail. Gadzooks! Ross thought that this worked!
This subtle change introduces a discordant element. And Ross is much happier, as the blue offers a not-quite-right contrast with the teal. (Note: colors not accurate.) But then…damn…damn…
…there were oculus issues, too. And Ross HATES having oculus issues. Don’t you? Well, you see at like the 11 o’clock position? There is a lot of teal between two lightning bolts. It looked like a mistake.
A seeming mistake now rectified. Better?