I worked on refining this piece today, making the transitions smoother, the darks darker, the shadows better. I think it ended up at an inbetween stage that doesn't look as good as it did before I started, but it's on its way where it needs to be.
Now off to fix dinner for Chris and me - grilled marinated salmon, spoon bread, brussel sprouts - then we'll have a lovely evening talking about our intentions for the coming year and enjoying each others' company. We're not the wild and crazy party animal types! We'll probably be asleep before midnight!
Happy New Year to you all! May you be blessed with creativity and joy and harmony and peace.