There are subjects which I know up-front are going to be a challenge. Yet, I don't shy away from them because I really want to paint them. This idea has been rolling around in my head since before I had a digital camera, pre-2008. Hoping that my filing system for my prints would do its job, it only took me 8 minutes to track down my reference photos. (Not bad with over 20,000 photos!)
This complicated piece took a lot of pre-planning before I started the drawing on my gessoed board.