Sometimes I take a very long time to paint a miniature. Often this is due to a desire to get the coloring just right or I'm trying something new, but more often than not it's a fear of having to start over again from the beginning. Ultimately I pick up the brush and begin again despite this concern.
I've returned to using a wet pallet whenever possible to get smoother color transitions and allowed myself to try my hand at free painting again. The phoenix on the cloak still isn't perfect, but I think for my level of painting skill it's as good as it is going to get until I practice more and 'break through' my current painting ceiling. The inner cloth needs another highlight of red yet to give it the coloring I want, but I really like how the bone armor has turned out. I've done the actual bone look in the past but I really like this look more, a sort of metallic bone.
Hopefully by Monday I'll have this finished, though I think it may be another progress picture since each step seems to take me a while to decide where I want to go with it. Still a lot to do on this model!