It seems like the best paintings are the ones that seem to have gone down easily with just the right amount of paint strokes.
You may here artists and critics talking about a painting that has been "overworked". This is not usually a compliment. This means that too much paint has been applied and it is obvious that the painter struggled. I am still working on staying relaxed and letting the paint go down easy.
Some artists make it look easy because they have the ability to move through the painting quickly and confidently. This comes from many many years of painting.
I feel like this painting went down fairly easy and I kept the brushwork to a minimum.