I started this painting session feeling very down. I left off yesterday feeling good, but I wasn't feeling good about it today. It's funny how your perception of a painting can change so drastically overnight; in some ways it feels like the painting itself changed while you weren't looking.
So before I started today, I was thinking about redoing parts of it and maybe squinting in order to clarify the values. I've fallen into this trap before, thinking that squinting will magically solve my problems. I ignored the temptation to simplify and decided to just dive in. Instead of looking for an easy solution, I just kept battling and reworking until it started to look better. I've noticed that my process is a very up and down process and I really fight hard to make it look good. It always requires a lot of struggle.
I think the portrait is just about done and I'm going to work on the background some more and see how that goes. Quite a journey with this one, but I like the way it looks