I begin to think too much about too many things. Just paint and enjoy it.
I'm trying hard to leave the shadow transparent and not bring any opaque paint in there. I have a very bad habit of killing shadows with opaque paints. That kills a painting faster than you can say "wha happened?"
oil on canvas panel
The cornbread looks and feels like cornbread. So I like that part. I struggled with the plate and I think I rushed to finish it. Patience is a quality to practice as much as daily painting technique.