Definitely nice work, especially considering the time you took - but when you can do it, then the time is of no essence, it's what happens in that time! I really like the light in the background, it gives a nice mood fo rthe noble stag :)
True enough. But depending on the quality you want to achieve in a certain amount of time, well then time is of the essence. I want to be able to do a painting relatively quickly. Which would involve learning or finding techniques that would help set up the groundwork of the piece quickly and then spending the rest of the time cleaning it up and adding details.