As is so often the case, there was some kind of life in the black and white sketch that did not make the transition to the final painting.
Ah, well. They say no painting is ever finished, just abandoned.
(See what I mean? Maybe it just didn’t want to be in color. I don’t know.)
Edit: I keep going back to the sketch and muttering to myself. I’ll fool with the eyes in the original, but I suspect that ultimately I may have to make a digital painting out of this, right over top of the sketch, and see if I keep whatever it is…