I find leopard, cheetah, zebra, and giraffe paintings take me the longest. Spots and stripes. As you can see, this piece is no exception.
Music helps me stay focused and keep painting spots. I just bought a CD of Celtic Thunder (this is my 2nd one and called Act II.) Simply wonderful. Usually, I play 3 CDs and let them continuously run. I like this one so much I will play it 4 times in a row before moving on to other music. And, I sing along. (don't think the Irish boys mind.)