Okay, so now I'm really getting daring. . . well, as daring as an introverted painter can get. With the thought of using books in my still life, I decided I'd go for larger than my usual 5x7 as well. This one is 8x10 and I went for detail this time. My brain is officially worn out! I've never focused for so long on a painting before, but boy was it worth it!
And of course, I probably shouldn't be mentioning this, being that I'll be teased dreadfully from He-who-must-not-be named, but not only is painting genetic, the ability to forget a boiling tea kettle is as well. I guess I'll have to submit to rules on myself for making tea while painting - never leave the kitchen until the kettle is turned off.