It can take me up to 3 months to finish a painting. I often turn it upside down and even hang it on the wall in my home to live with it for a while. Every painting seems to come around in its own time. This painting started bright and almost garish, so I put it aside for a while.
When I returned, these calm colors seemed to flow across the painting.
At that point, I felt the woman was moving forward and the painting was finished.
"Forward" available at Chasen Galleries 22 x 28" oil painting on cradled wood panel