Well, I'm also slow at getting the painting started this year. I only got around to a second painting session today. I spent some time penciling.
This year, I'm trying something different. Usually, I work from back to front, as if painting the foreground over the background were some sort of 3D exercise in my 2D painting. This year, I'm starting with the important details and will try to fill in as I go.
Here, I'm talking about the first three flowers' petals. I'm not sure if this will work for me, but that's what experimenting is all about.