I always have several projects going in various stages of completion. I work in stops and starts. Prime this, let it dry. Paint a background, let it dry, think about what might go on next. Cut this out, set it aside. Paint over an idea I’ve given up on. Let it sit for a couple weeks. Paint over it again. And so on. It looks something like this:
(Yes, I cut into the canvas with a box cutter. I thought a long time about that move!)
Some of these may never see the light of day; I’m working on being OK with that. Everything is a learning experience.