Is it because I love the way it looks and want to explore it or is it because I feel competent painting it? In short, am I painting what I love or do I love it just because I think I can paint it in an okay way?
I believe I love to paint it for both reasons. I do think I can often pull it off (perhaps because I paint it so often!). But I choose to paint it because I love the drama it imparts and also the anonymity. Paint something from its dark side and you lose the details. You generalize the specific and play up the contrast. Contrast often equals drama. And lack of detail makes it mysterious. The subject becomes not the exact thing painted but the light itself. The subject becomes light, shadow and reflected light.
[Rim light is when an object is primarily in shadow but is outlined in whole or in part by light. Rim light often appears if you paint from the dark side of an object.]
I wonder what you, other artists, might love to paint and why. And of course, I wonder what you, art lovers, might love to own!