well here it is... I think it's done. As Rich suggested,I have tried to not overwork it... thought at this point I have either completely succeeded in finding the balance on that razors edge, or I have completely failed. EITHER WAY I think it is a successful exercise...
... which brings me to...
My latest endeavor; the DTXP (or, the Downtown Crossing painting). I have decided to completely forgo any attempt to imbue any real DETAIL at this point, instead concentrating on the light/dark values. Again, this is a big thing for me... to let go of(or at least TRY to "let go of" worrying about detail.
IN OTHER NEWS:I have bought a proper easel. Let's just say that after only a couple of months of painting on-top of my drafting table, I realized that it was not the best way to paint.
Now, sometimes (though rarely) Craigslist can be a significant boon, )provided that you are not looking for the same thing that 10,000 other people are looking for.) if you know what you want and are patient enough to wait for the right deal. I actually tried this a few years back to obtain a decent drafting table, but often many of the tables were of the simple metal-tube variety; as a result I took a different approach (Read on! ;).
Now, I know times are tight, but apparently, the thousands of art students from the various higher-learning establishments in this city are satisfied paying the premium demanded at the art supply stores... I, on the other hand, am NOT. As a result, there was little to no competition for this ($$cheap!$$) second hand lovely.
Now don't get me wrong, I love the local art supply stores... they are (usually) well stocked, contain a great range of items from "student" to "pro" to "just odd", and there actually ARE some wonderful deals to be found on occasion! but furniture is NOT one of the deals to be found. Among other reasons, that's why several years back, after searching hi & lo for a decent drafting table (see above) I decided to just build one!
Perhaps one day I will expand upon this, but for now please be satisfied with a pic of the final result:
Honestly, though... I am confident that I could/can build a better easel but I actually got the one above for less than the wood alone would cost! PERHAPS IN THE FUTURE...
'till the paint cries (wow, that was a typo, but I'm leaving it... it was meant to say 'till the paint dries)