This is a totally wet in wet painting. I sat down brushed on the background and then started dabbing in the darks. After the general form seemed close I wiped off some paint to bring out some lights.
This is get up and walk away time. Take a break, make a cup of tea and come back with fresh eyes.
It is amazing how using confidence as a tool can help you with a painting. I really enjoyed painting this one. I threw all caution to the wind and jumped right in. No preliminary sketch with charcoal, not a lot of preparation just sit down and paint.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is go at a painting as if we know what we are doing and don't question the process we choose to use. Just paint and critique later. This took approximately 2 hours with a few get up and walk away breaks.