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This week's assignment in Danni Dawson's portrait painting class was a color study of red on red. So I set up a red still life: a scarlet carnation in a red Mexican vase with a red tomato and dark red nectarine. I had a great difficulty on account of the close values between the objects and the carmine red cloth, which I had to change to a dark indigo after a struggle. After I painted in the highlights of the window and lamp on the vase, tomato, and nectarine, the painting suddenly came alive!