Solid progress today on my self portrait and I'm making headway with the Mockingbird painting. I'm happy with both, but they need way more work.
I had a moment where I was so frustrated with the self portrait that I was going to call it quits. I pushed through that moment and it turned into a major turning point. Those moments occur a lot and there's nothing to do but keep painting until it goes away.
The other thing that I always tell myself is that academic painting takes layers and layers of paint before a good effect is achieved. And it's one of the most frustrating activities on earth, but the difficulty is addictive.