I recently began two small mastercopies from Bouguereau as a warm up. I started one of them a few days ago and fell into the trap of beginning too timidly. I had the sinking feeling of not wanting to work. I cannot think of a more discouraging feeling. I knew it wasn't going well so I began another small sketch that I began with lots of spontaneity and brushwork. But, more importantly, I was having fun with it. The feeling in the second piece has much more of the quality that I want in my work.
it's sort of a backwards logic that I always have to remind myself of. Begin loosely and with lots of vitality. There's always time to refine, but there's only one opportunity to enliven your picture. Spontaneity and Messiness- Two of the most important factors that I keep in mind at the beginning.