Lesson 4 in Wil Freeborn‘s book is a still life using shells and such. I spent way too long trying to compose a nice arrangement picking items from my vast shell collection. Having finally settled on an arrangement I liked, the drawing went well, but not the painting. So I decided to have a second go at it (on watercolour block for a change) and changed a few details. Well, the second one is better in some ways, but not in others. It’s all part of the ongoing learning process.
Lessons learned: keep it simple — I think there are too many different complex shapes that I then tried to render with too much detail; I like granulation when using cerulean blue in the mix; be subtle and build gradually.