Still working on the top painting on and off since summer and I'm not sure I'll ever be happy with it. Maybe it's a learning painting, a stepping stone. Anyway, I had fun painting the plastic bag. I started the pink lotus yesterday and the photo shows some value problems that hopefully I can fix tomorrow. (My daughter said, "That's a really long stem.") There's my palette, it's glass and I use a table top easel to keep it vertical, which helps with both glare and reflections. I mix clove oil in my paint to keep it wet, which has its pros and cons; I can work wet on wet for a couple of days in a row, but then I have to wait for about a week for it to dry. I experimented with liquin over the summer, which is a total 360. I liked how it made the paint flow and having the painting be dry the next day had its benefits, but I hated having to throw so much paint in the trash plus liquin's very hard on brushed. No pun intended.