Well, I started this painting yesterday and over the course of painting it, I wrote it off a few times feeling like it'd turned into a garbled mess. And yet somehow, I managed to salvage it and even make it nice!
That said, I think I need to learn some things about what order to paint layers in, and also stop making such complicated paintings with dark backgrounds. They are tricky as heck to do, though I like the effect... Need to remember this is project a day, and to save the tough stuff for projects with a longer timeline!