This project represented a very difficult failure, at first. Last year I first tried to finish this and nothing seemed to go right with the process. I abandoned the idea, but still wanted to see it finished.
I redeveloped the preparatory sketches and eventually began trying to paint. I worked this drawing for a long time with pencils and markers, and then moved on to a digital comp that I could manipulate for more flexible problem solving.
The panel with the original painting from the previous year was sanded down and I began again with a different final drawing. The struggle to paint this was similar but I gave myself more time and used some more refined brushes.
Sometimes giving up is the right decision for one moment, but not forever.