I think I'm pretty happy with the results. It's not my best or favorite painting, by any means. But I'm glad I took the chance of ruining it in order to make it right - after all, it's just a piece of paper. In trying this method to pick up color so I can insert another, I learned something: A- it works. B- next time, expect to need places to put balancing color, and save them somehow!
I need to embrace my failures more - and, more important, risk them more - in order to learn and grow. This was one of those times. Sometimes, though, the end result is so gruesome, it will never be shared - those are the ones that end up covered with gesso and used for occasional cat paintings. Maybe we should start sharing those? But, probably, none of you have anything failures like that . . . .