My garden went crazy this year and I have tiny pumpkins all over my house.
I've been experimenting with backgrounds a lot lately. In the past they have been dense and flat, so the goal is to keep it dynamic and in the shadows more transparent. This is something that has been recommended to me by my instructors but until recently I didn't quite know what they meant, now i get it!
Fellow artists may have noticed this phenomenon; a concept has been taught in different formats with different instructors but until the student has refinforced the idea with lots of trial and error, it may never sink in.