Reclining nude, 12 x 16. Painted last night at Zoll Studio.
I have come to realize that when it comes to a good painting, composition is probably the single most important thing. Because in the end, all the great drawing, value plans and pretty colors won't save a bad composition--if things are in the wrong place.
Also it really helps to look at great artists' works, if just to train your eyes to get used to a higher level of drawing, color harmony, and edge handling. And to calibrate your brainwaves to vibrate on a higher frequency, so to speak.