I painted this in multiple installments, which I guess could be lesson 1. Light kept changing and I could never sit in exactly the same position. Lesson 2 - mist the watercolor palette before starting to paint so that the mixes are juicier. Lesson 3 - draw the construction lines so that the eyes and ears are lined up properly.
The contrast should have been stronger. But in spite of everything, I am glad I persevered.