I'm finally trying to "get it" each day I paint by planning out my course of action. This time I did a value study in pencil of the set up, hoping by doing this I could feel (almost) certain that the design and composition were OK. Most of the time I'm just so psyched to get started with the painting that I skip this step. Then half way through painting see that the picture just is not working. This one, I think, is a bit more cohesive. So I'm off now, after mailing in my taxes, to try it again. Think design first!