I'll be the first one to admit, I always struggle getting past the beginning of a painting. If it isn't going well immediately, I feel great pains. But the truth that I have been blind to for too long is that all beginnings are difficult. Every element of a painting needs to be rendered from general to specific as the eye sees more structure within the form. I see now that often times paintings are three or four sittings away from looking more pleasing. It's deceptive to see a finished painting because we don't see the struggle; all we see in museums are the cream of the crop. So I will continue to take my time and paint, but I enjoy showing my process. And I know that it isn't the easiest road to attain a high level of finish, but that is the only thing that satisfies me.