This 12" x 16" Gallery painting took me three days to finish. I usually use value as my design tool to compose, but in this one I was testing decreasing my value contrast. The brass and the background value are rather similar. I use edge treatment and local value contrast to define the shape of the brass. I also did not use white drapery for my foreground as I use to. I have not done small paintings for a while, but I will come back to it.