This is a study in light value. I wanted to keep the values dark all over to have the objects looming out of the darkness. My camera hasn't been able to capture the subtleties of greys on the ceramic dish or the warmth of the highlights on the rim. Photographing artworks is always fraught with problems, and I'm not much of a photographer.
Something I learned during my time away studying in Cill Rialaig was the use of warm or cool greys for lightening instead of white. As one of my colleagues repeated to me from his own tutor in New York, 'White is not your friend'. It seems that white does something to deaden a painting and should be used sparingly. Anyway, when I used the very warm, almost flesh-toned highlights on the rim, it brought the study alive. It's a pity this picture doesn't convey it very well.