I took the same approach today as I did yesterday -- zoom in and include nothing but kachina. Yesterday, I just zoomed in. Today, I zoomed in and thought about the lighting. I chose to shine my trusty flashlight beam onto the side and give it a go. The result pleases me far more than yesterday. I like the range within the white area and (though I doubt you can see it) I love the tiny little highlight on bottom corner of kachina's left "hand".
Side effect of the project: I've come to remember that I really enjoy painting still life -- this was my go-to imagery in college. Though it is getting tough to come up with a new idea each day, I have missed the style over the past two paintings. I'll be back at it tomorrow and would love to hear any suggestions you might have for interesting still life compositions.
During my undergraduate studies, I spent a great deal of time in the painting studio working with traditional oils. Teaching middle school art for the past 12 years has taken me away from those roots. This "one a day" project is aimed at re-inspiring that creativity and technique.
Other "one a day" painting blogs to check out:
Kellie Marian Hill
The usual Subjects