I remember the first time I ever tried to draw a smile, when I was about five years old.
First I drew the crescent shaped open mouth.
So far, so good. Then I drew a bunch of up-and-down lines for teeth.
That looked like good progress. And then to finish.
It happened to me again last week. I started with a location sketch that seemed like an interesting little composition.
Then I started the painting.
and almost finished before I realized that I had painted dappled shade all across the lower half of the scene, which was not the source idea. I had to wipe out a section.
Here’s hoping I finish without losing the thread again.