padlock

Today's painting shows this cool padlock I found in a drawer, as well as some of the berries pictured in last weekend's leaf painting.  I know that I need to choose simple subjects so that I can learn to convey form without getting overwhelmed, but I'm realizing that a single item in a painting is often really dull as a composition, and I'd like to practice composition with each painting I do.  Easier said than done!  It's tricky to come up with still life subjects that go well together.  I mean, why would random berries be hanging out with a padlock?  However (ahem) I think the round shape of the berries and the squareness of the lock give variety, and I like the little red pop of color!

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