Steel outside: to paint it or not to paint it
My dilemma: Steel is more than enough. The way it looks in all its varying conditions, the rawness, the changes. And this natural finish also seems honest and is well-suited to my very manual processes. But there have been times that the form has seemed to ask for a friendlier topcoat than rust. Paint/ color perhaps. I have only ever painted one piece and I suppose I do not regret it but now a couple of more pieces are timidly stepping up for corporate casual. But it can't be undone, and it pains me to put anything between the eye and the steel...a shroud of pigment changing it forever.
When do you paint it and when do you refrain?