I have been working my way through Arlene Steinberg's Masterful Color for awhile now. The past two weeks have been spent on this little guy here. I have never been comfortable with color, but when I saw the cover of this book, I had to give it a shot. She layers colored pencils like paint and what you end up with is vibrant, rich color. I started the underpainting, and as I said, I'm not comfortable with color, so I balked. It looked like a tomato, but it was green and I was wondering exactly where this was going. I understand about using the opposite color on the wheel for shadows, but this was going farther than I had ever delved. My pallet is on the left, if you can read it. That was another thing that made me anxious; I had never used so many different colors before. It wasn't until I actually started adding the reds that I became excited when I saw how critical the underpainting had been. I learned that you can layer ALOT of color on paper. I didn't layer enough, because when I started burnishing, some of the color started to come up. I was a little heavy on the shadows; on the table and on the tomato, but all in all, it was a great exercise and I am happy with the results. I also learned a lot about color theory, which I slept through in art school. I will definitely continue with the book and I do believe I am hooked on color. I fell in love with my pencils again during this exercise, so I'm looking forward to beginning the next exercise and I'm already thinking about a project. This was done on 5 x 7 inch Strathmore paper. Criticism in all forms is appreciated.