I decided that I need to slow down on each painting. For some reason having 2 stages of each painting helps me step back and see what I am missing. Even if I skip the grisaille step and go right to painting in color, I still have to take the painting in stages. Stage 1: Sketch and block in the shadows. Stage 2: Block in the light and work on the details. This is the setup after stage 1.
Then I went on to stage 2, and thought I had completed this painting. I went through my checklist softening edges, readjusting values, and warming and cooling colors. I almost covered everything . . . . almost. I forgot one little detail on the checklist of "Is this painting finished?" Yeah, you got it . . . my arch-nemesis, perspective. In case you were wondering, it's now in block letters at the top of the critiquing list, followed by everything else. Well, that's why this is #48, not #100. But when I get to 100, perspective will be a little easier . . . I hope.