When you are working on contrast, realx a bit [you know howLOL] put them aside and give them a look at arms length or more, you will notice if you are overdoing or still not there ... it helps.
I guess especially for such a scale ciaroscuro effects work wonders, remeber teh aproach of the French Fantsy painters we admired in Girona WE, they are masters of lighting effects ...
I missed your input yesterday, as it would have been very useful when added to that of the others, which I must say, were very helpful as always.
We managed to identify the areas where I need to improve and will try to do something this weekend. To be honest Ivan, I'm a great fan of chiaro scuro, but have only a vague idea on how to achieve the effect I agree 100% that in this scale C.S. is the way to go.