Number 1, phone -- the phone from my desk out of the dock. Number 2, watch -- an old pocket watch with a leather strap on it, probably my Dad's.
And color notes. I was watching an old video tape by Helen Van Wyk today and she was mentioning how color is affected by the color it is next to on the canvas. Many times, as beginners, we ask the instructor what color they are using and try to match it exactly. Even if you could match it, it would most likely not look exact on your canvas because of the difference in the paint's surroundings. The colors take on or reflect the complement. You can test this by putting a red circle on a white background and stare at it.
Then close your eyes and you should "see" a greenish circle.
Helen Van Wyk usually started paintings with a gray canvas and on the video tape, she was painting some terracotta pots. As she developed the pots and had not touched the background it was appearing very blue. I will try to do this exercise and post it here. It was quite interesting.
The pots with color, there is a subtle blue to the background now, which you probably can't see here. I had hopes that it would show more.
The more finished pots.
This illustrates the idea that the color depends on the background. The orange and blue stripes are one solid line of the color on a black to white background. The colors look brighter against the dark and darker as the black changes to white.
You never know if the color is right until you try it on your painting.