So I was working on a commission today and really doing battle with it and it all became so clear to me. I've been looking for ways to make painting easier and I've realized that it's NOT easy and it never will be.
I was working on this commission and really struggling. I haven't done a pet commission in a bit and it seemed extra difficult. I kept pushing and sweating and it finally turned a corner and looks good to me. It's like the magic of a painting is buried somewhere in a pile of hard work and that's a hard thing to accept; I think the media in our society is always telling us ways to do something more efficiently and faster ("one weird trick!"), but that doesn't apply to the craft of painting.
I'm very hard on myself and I demand perfection out of my work. I don't mind walking through hell to get the painting done.