I'm seeing improvements

I'm seeing improvements - student project

So I was excited to try a new set of paints that I just received.  Shinhan PASS color design.  They are a Korean company and boast these paints as being a hybrid between watercolor and gouache. The set doesn't have the exact color color palette you suggest (it's missing the cadmium). So I used Lemon Yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep, Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Red, Cerulean Blue Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Black, and White. In my palette, I mixed the warm and cool hues to make a 3rd intermediate hue (see pic).


Other than losing the perfect round shape of the fruit, and the learning curve of the new paint characteristics, I'm very happy with the results.  I  believe that I am actually learning something vs other vids I've watched on YouTube. I look forward to hearing your feedback.


Also, I've notice that sometimes in your vids you begin with the subject and sometimes with the background. Is there any strategy to this or is it just going with whatever you feel in the moment?  I'm thinking that by establishing the background first, you can better establish the subject value. In these two pictures,  I feel that painting the fruit first they looked somewhat dull.  But then adding the background made the fruit pop out, especially with the orange.  With this said... I need to practice my shadows more.  They look artificial to me. 


I'm seeing improvements - image 1 - student project


I'm seeing improvements - image 2 - student project


I'm seeing improvements - image 3 - student project