My Jullian easel nearly fell over again today twice. I liked being able to paint bigger (this is 14 x 18) but geez louise that "nearly falling over thing" can make a person jumpy. Remind me to put a wrench in my backpack. I had a battle with this oval platter..Elio said I seem to have trouble "reading" shapes in the plates and bowls...I got higher marks for using squared up marks in preparation for the painting.. also, he felt I made a big improvement with the maroonish vase. At the beginning of the week I painted that vase very flatly without enough consideration for the reflected lights. Hooray for me, I also finally absorbed and accepted that it should not be painted in a near-black color.
Elio said that many times our paintings suffer from values that are all too close together. It is a very common "ailment". He recommended that we look at our problematic painting through a red piece of transparent plastic to determine if we see darks and lights. No matter what you are trying to express... a painting will be pretty darn dull if all you see through the plastic is medium gray-gray-gray with no darks or lights. Here is my painting changed to grayscale in photoshop. I managed to enlist some adequate lights and darks...although I am aware that it could have been better...I know I can practice this and improve.