5 Grouping the values
The function of this stage is to bring the painting together, linking the darks together into a larger mass. This is called grouping of values, and will support the movement of the viewer’s eyes through the various compositional elements while still adding a sense of stability to it, thereby giving it contrast. Furthermore, the lost edges within the darks means the viewer can fill the gaps in their mind’s eye.
This is my focal point. The hands act in diffusing the tension and the darks in turn anchor the image.