I did it. I took the charcoal to the linen. I almost didn't dare. I almost wanted to keep it in the studio, just to look at a while longer, unsoiled...perfect. I didn't want to mess up a pure and lovely thing. The thing is, if I didn't take the risk, the risk of ruining it, then I'd never get to see if it had the potential to turn into something beautiful. Even if I do ruin it, the process feels good.