First finish. It's time to let the painting sit a bit. I imagine some work will need to be done on the background. It's still wet so it's hard to see if the strokes and blacks need softening. The cat may get a few more whiskers, but for now, that's enough. I have learned over the last three years that I have a first finish, a time when I think it's best to put down the brush, back way off and just let it sit as I go about other things. As I back up often while painting, I also like to put a distance of time between me and my signature. I've got a week. to get uninvolved and objective. It's not as long as I would like, but it'll have to do. I want this signed, the sides painted and the whole thing varnished and dry by Thanksgiving when my granddaughter will be home for the holiday.