Returning from the experiment
I drop the experiment. Although I lost some time, because I pushed it so far I’m able to see by contrast that my painting will need a colour and design re-evaluation to ‘pop’ more. I often use a similar thinking, for example, adding an adjustment layer that boosts the contrast. Toggle this layer on and off, and from the contrast you may see that the original is far too dull.
Including a setting
This is a plein air painting I painted digitally during some travels in India last year. I feel this would make a great ‘window’ for my painting. It’s always of benefit to have plenty of paintings stored away for underpainting textures or situations like this. I add a layer mask, some window parts and some adjustment layers to cool it and fit it into the image.