Some days when there’s just not much worth painting outside, you have to stay in – and work on still lives, if you’ve got a mind to practice your observational painting. Normally I have no patience for still lives – I get too persnickety over what I put in them that by the time they’re ready to paint, I’m already bored with them. But it’s nice to have a captive subject with a steady light source, as it lets you really focus on other things. Fortunately painting flowers seems to be the perfect compromise for me between painting outdoors and painting in – a little bit of easily controllable nature. Although I did have to carefully monitor a cat or two to keep my vases from being tipped over, which was a feat on it’s own.