I shouldn’t have tried to hide the cookies over the TV.
I fiddled with the indirect light of a floor lamp off the wall to get what I thought was a good balance of gradation and color. Ochre is a good color.
I found that a difference in brightness changes the expression on Sly’s face significantly. A little darker or brighter and he looks lifeless. At this level, with the way his eye reflects the light, he looks like he really wants those cookies.