The bulk of the work, the middle, isn't always the most dramatic in progress. I probably got to this point after about 6 layers of under painting and process. From here, it was about fine tuning the dialog between the "color conversations" and about finding the balance between light and dark, soft and hard lines, texture, and movement. It is a slower going part of the work, but extremely satisfying. As a total color freak, I really dive deep into mixing and playing with color combos. If something doesn't work, I either layer again, or wipe off with a damp sponge. This "problem solving" stage is one my favorite parts of painting.