I spent some time on this portrait earlier this week, and left it aside feeling rather dejected about how it was taking shape. There just didn't seem to be anything about it that I enjoyed. I decided to make some improvements, make more deliberate brushstrokes, and just let the process be a process.
Sometimes you have to do a little and then ruminate upon it. You've got to absorb the current status before you can move on to the next. You've got to let all the thoughts and juices mix and mingle in your brain before it becomes a cohesive plan. And that's what I did. I looked at some other art work for inspiration, so my expiration could be better. I let it ruminate before I brought it back up.