Anne, I was great to have you back! I really like your composition with the chairs, especially the way you used shadow to make the chairs pop. It is a very inviting scene with just the right amount of detail.
I agree with Janene. That sort of reverse silhouette is very effective.
I love this unique view that you captured--with a bic pen, nonetheless! (Must be that magic kind.) So nice to have you with us again.
I like you use of two values in these sketches.It makes a clean simple image.