I have spent a lot of time on this piece - I have been more aware of my color and value choices. Through the entire process I was reminded of things I have either read or have been told.
I was extremely fortunate last year in that I was able to attend a workshop in California with Marc Hanson. Marc is an extraordinary artist (seeing him paint was a privilege I will not forget) and he is a wonderful teacher – One of the many things he told us during the workshop was that we were being given a great deal of information it would take time to process all of it. He said that some of this information would process months, even years down the road and come back to us - he was right.
I am not saying, "I get all of it now", but many things he said during the workshop came flooding back - one thing he told me in particular was "Paint as if you mean it." - I have a tendency to be timid, I do not want to "ruin" my "masterpiece" - So with this painting I was keenly aware that it was a piece of masonite, and some paint - not a priceless work that would be hanging in the Louvre.
One thing that has become very evident is that it takes a great deal of control to hold back - and by "hold back" I mean remain in control of your initial vision and keep from diving headlong into details.