After I have pulled my hair out, searching for a composition, I generally reach a level of comfort while I paint. Luckily, this commission reached that point earlier than others. Maybe it's because the composition came easier, but whatever the reason is, now I've reached the point at which it becomes fun.
This is also where the painting becomes very fragile and easily overworked. So it's a make or break period. The groundwork has been done and now the details feed into the larger planes.
I keep in mind a quote from my hero, Bouguereau:
"the subtlety of accents, in contrast with large planes, is what makes a drawing great. This truth, which I have yearned all my life to express and which still drives me on, is the secret of art. It applies to composition as well as to drawing proper. It is the principle that must guide both the young beginner and the fully developed artist."