I have another painting already! This one was started in class and I finished up that evening at home. The teacher pulled out a box full of small items, teapots, toys, shells, cups, jars, etc, etc. Then she laid out individual fern fronds and suggested we pick out a few each. "But, keep it SIMPLE she cautioned". She actually laid out two fern fronds on a piece of paper towel and laid them on the floor for herself. The view was then directly from above. She painted the paper towel as a yellow cloth and the ferns in impressionism. It was GREAT!
I chose three small fern fronds and two different shells. I laid them on the table next to my easel and went for it. I first painted the entire easel in a "portrait" mottled background of mostly dark greens with some yellow, blue, reds and browns thrown in, (very subtle). I then had the longest fern frond almost level as if it were the table edge and the other two fanned out from it. Then where they joined, I placed the two shells. It was much more fun than I thought it was going to be. I normally don't like still life work. But I have been told that one can learn a lot from doing them, so I went for it. It turned out quite well, if I do say so myself. See it below. Enjoy!
11 x 14