After preparing a canvas by applying layers of colour and pattern to the background, I find that I get a little 'stuck' when I need to move forward. When I finally transfer the image to the base, I get excited to add shadows and it is at this point I often consider stopping. I really like how the image looks at this stage, though I know it isn't complete. Perhaps someday I will create a little collection of portraits like this, but, for now I know it's just one of the many steps along the way. One of my favourite steps, actually.