I am going to spend time drawing every day--and making considered value relationship decisions! I confess to falling prey to hurry-itis in the early stages of a painting. Sure, sometimes painting fast is favorable, but not at the expense of correct values. Today I set up some objects and spent time with a pencil considering how dark is this and how light is that (in comparison). I could have done better with that drawing (Q. why does my linseed oil look like ketchup? A. because it's too dark!). Well, just having observed how each thing related to the other things in the pencil drawing first made the monochrome painting easier to produce. Note to self: add to my supply list..kneaded eraser.