A week ago in our Thursday drawing class, we brought in glass Christmas balls and greenery to set up for a still life. Our goal was to contrast the hard, shiny and highly reflective balls with the textured greens of the season. We all seemed to have a difficult time with contrasting values, as the greens and the balls were somewhat the same. The overhead banks of fluorescent lights did not provide the bright sparkling highlights that we had hoped for. In almost every case, the artists had to rework the drawings at home, adding deeper darks in order to make the drawings more easily read. Concepcion chose two nearly-transparent hand-blown bulbs that were a gift. The stems are visible through them. She added a wrapped package and some fine rhythmic pine needles. The varying forms make the drawing quite interesting. The glass balls are very finely drawn. The composition is quite strong. Very successful....we all agreed.