Just had a sudden realization that I was "counting the strokes" with my recent commission. I was focusing on technique rather than just trying to paint. As a result of this, I'm going back to the way I used to paint early on in my career. My own technique has developed out of just purely wanting to paint; not thinking too much about the "how".
Below, are two underpaintings that are about 10 years apart. The one on the left is a self portrait from around 2010 and the one on the right is my new portrait commission that I restarted tonight. I'm going back to myself and my own way of doing things.