So I've been going back and forth between Photoshop and Painter, which I think is pretty nifty. I've also been exploring more brushes in Painter (there are a millions!) and finding things that work better for me, for the effects I want to acheive. For instance, using the "oils" instead of "artist oils" is a lot easier, and also using "oil pastel" and various hardness/softness settings is working out really well. Sure, this painting is taking me longer than usual, but I feel so satisfied with using this new program to acheive pretty unbelievably real effects :-).