Yesterday, I was pretty discouraged with this one. But I always have a point where the painting doesn't look so good, and it could use one more solid refinement. I worked hard today and I couldn't be happier with it. I put in the final details and just have to sign it once it's dry.
There's always a point where you have to stop yourself from over-working. As always, there's no flag that comes up and says 'you're finished!' The balancing act of saying when it's done is part of the challenge.
I'm planning a series of these academic dog portraits, maybe one day publishing a calendar of them..