I am pushing myself a little further with every painting. My gift is not painting something realistically, but rather, alluding to the impression of form. I have worked and reworked this painting until finally resolving some of the areas that gave me indigestion . Another of the tips that Putnam suggested is to put distance between you and the canvas so that you can't tighten up. She suggests putting a garbage can in front of the easel....while I didn't do that I kept a respectable distance from the piece. I like the outcome of this painting and the colors that have emerged.