I am obsessed with painting people. Either portraits or figures, it doesn't matter. And I can't get myself to paint a landscape. I image I will get back to plien air landscapes at some point, but my minimal energies are focused on people right now.
These are all 16x20 inches. I have been trying to bring the values in the light and shadow closer together and I think this reads well with a lighter background. It makes sense that the lighter environment would cast more light into the shadows. I think decisions like these must be made consciously as our eye tends to see the shadows as very dark.