I had so much fun painting this story and am a little sad to let it go. However, I've got plenty more to work on now. This includes a story about Taiwanese night markets and the picture book I've been hired to illustrate. I hope to be able to share bits of both next month.
Until then. . for you picture book writers/illustrators out there:
If you're feeling stuck/stressed, be kind to your muse and let things marinate. Amazing things can happen when you leave your stories alone for awhile, and then come back to them with a fresh eye/new perspective.
For more advice, check out Sean Ashby's (aka Ingvard the Terrible) series about the creative process.