The fifth version of the shop window was painted today - in the blank space waiting for it. Yes, the empty window behind the musicians now has items on shelves. No photo to show you yet, but that will come soon. Instead I'll tell you a little about it.
First I painted a fourth version, one I really liked almost completely. Then I decided to strike while the iron was hot, and worked on the actual painting. Funny thing is, I still like the fourth version best, but the fifth version does exactly what it should do at this time. This version is very subtle and subdued; one barely notices it is there. And, as D said when he saw it, "It doesn't draw my eyes. It doesn't steal my attention." Thank you, D!
Yes, I was thrilled that he said that because that is my intention. However, as I told him, I may have to intensify it when all is said and done. When the painting is "finished" I'll ask for opinions and give it my final once over, too, then I may find that it is too retiring. Then I can make the window come out of the shadows a little way.