Nice improvement on those acrylics! By the way, at least with oils a common way to paint is to go from dark to light and I don't see why it wouldn't work as well with acrylics. I think you started the pillar painting the right way but adding a more focused lighting could have looked more interesting... Like lighting just the top of the pillar or something. Just an opinion. But the still life and the red twisted thing look great, keep at it!