"Breathing the life into it"

This is the best and hardest stage of any painting for me. Once the drawing is set and the colors and shapes are blocked in, it becomes time to finalize the darks and lights and to refine all the lines between the shapes. I call it "breathing the life into it," because this is when I start to see what the final product will look like.  Each new little detail adds a spark that grows and eventually the whole painting comes together. This one has a way to go still. 

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