my attempts at loosening up continue. tonight i painted a tomato. it took maybe 45 minutes, and it was surprisingly more difficult to do than my self-portrait. i kind of predicted that though; tomatoes are just round orbs of red with green leaves, but there are so many other colors involved in them too: yellows, blues and purples. the tough part is to incorporate those colors in a smooth, round form, and still be loose about it. well, i tried. time to move forward and try to get better.