One day, in a half-hearted attempt to clean off my work table, I came across a couple brushes that had dried paint in them, and decided to try out the new brush cleaning compound I had purchased (which does work, by the way). The old brush snapped while I was scrubbing it, and I turned and tossed it back on the table (surprisingly not in the trash) and turned my attention to brush #2.
Later when I walked by the table, I saw where the brush had landed. Just as you see it, in a very old, much-used watercolor paint tray.
I thought it had potential and fastened the paint tray into a black wooden box, and set about to "improve" on it. I fussed with it off and on for a few days, trying various bit and pieces out, and finally decided it was perfect just the way it was, and that anything I added simply detracted.
A little lesson in "seeing" and in knowing that simple can also be effective.
(Frustration, copyright 2008 by Diane Lou. Private collection of Suzie Wolfer. Photo by Nils Lou.)