Cojac - thanks very much, I hope it was helpful. I'm still working through those myself.
vlad74 - thanks, I checked out your own sb too, you're making some good steps!
As I'll be starting Still Life with Brent Watkinson next term, I've been tring to hone my skills. I say hone... I've been trying to develop them! Either way, I'm making progress, and feel I'm really starting to get there. As everyone says, its all about drawing. If you draw it properly, the painting paints itself.