I restarted this commission yesterday and worked on it more today. I just wasn't happy with how the first version looked so I decided to make a new canvas and restart. I'm so happy that I did that and I also set up a new very basic palette. It's a palette that I used when I was at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and I've decided to return to it with a few modifications. I'll list the palette below in case anyone's interested.
I'm also trying to focus less on technique and just enjoying the act of painting. That's also why I gave myself a basic palette, I just want to focus on the painting and not get bogged down with other techniques. I just want to paint with my own brush.
PAFA Basic Palette
Cadmium Red (medium)
Brown Red (any earth red is good, such as Venetian)
Green Gold (W+N, chromium oxide works also)
Remember, less is more.