I have been experimenting with painting light and dark again.
It was quite a challenge because I worked on canvas board, but I didn’t want the canvas texture to become too apparent. In the end I did get rid of the canvas texture using acrylic gel medium, but that left a different kind of texture that catches the light and makes the dark parts a bit less visible.
Still, I really like the painting! I love the light that touches the face which is in the dark. And I love the strong blue color with some red and light yellow details. Here is a detail of the face: