The trouble with creating something from scratch is that we see the end result in a perfect or idealized state. That's just the way our minds work. Transferring what we see with our heads onto canvas, or any other artistic endeavor for that matter, is what determines our level of success. Shakespeare knew all about it and said as much in Hamlet's Soliloquy: "Aye, there's the rub."
And so, as the days slipped by and I kept staring at the black canvas, the idea in my noggin began to take shape. I thought of people I know who can turn something inside out and back and forth and see all the sides, like Mr. Sutor. Then I thought of my friends who say keep it simple, like Mr. Stage, and I begin picturing what the final painting will look like. Then I reexamine again. Anything I should add? Anything that isn't right? Is it balanced? And then I begin.
Sadly for you, my time up North ended with the painting looking like this. But I will return and finish it, hopefully. I know exactly how it will look, in my head. How you will see it, well, that's the rub.