"Rome wasn't built in a day" and neither are my paintings. Years ago, I was very impatient to quickly execute each piece and move on to the next. Although this helped me to gain proficiency in handling a brush, it did very little else. These days, I purposely compose complex paintings that require deliberation over each aspect of the composition before the first brushstroke. Patience is a great teacher. When I allow time for analysis, my work advances. When I don't, my work becomes repetitious and flawed. It's easy to develop bad habits by working too fast without critical analysis along the way. This painted panel on the left (oil on board) is only a third of a triptych posted earlier on this blogsite. It was a challenge to work out each panel as an individual work of art, but also to pay attention to the overall composition of the entire triptych. It's kind of like solving a jigsaw puzzle. I like the challenge, and (here's another adage) the harder I work - the greater the reward.