Holy cripes this is hard. Look at the difference when the big white space on the right is blocked out. Adjoining contrasts make such a huge difference. Guess that's the learning for today. I am discouraged.
We live at the north end of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington. Between the two of us, we've been struggling, striving, and sometimes even enjoying our efforts with oils, pastels, or acrylics for 80 years! We'd love to hear from you.