Painting color is a tricky thing. It´s easy to slap a few flat colors on something but to make them a harmonious whole, to know where to apply those tonal differences, that´s the hard part. Since I´ve started doing color studies the past few weeks I´m already starting to notice that where applying color and light once filled me with a minor sense of dread, it is now slowly becoming automatism. It is training to see more than training to paint, really.
The payoff comes when backing away from the image and seeing it become indistinguishable from a photograph, color-wise at least.