When texture obscures structure

While painting a stormy seascape from a photograph and having had trouble capturing its basic structure because of the chaotic detail in the foam, froth, and waves I happened upon a simple way to get the structure to come through the textural details.  It is probably not a new idea, but since I haven't seen it described elsewhere I decided to share it: when I turned off the flood lights I use while painting and viewed both the photo and painting in low ambient light, the texture disappeared and only the structure remained.

dencalSuez

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