I've painted a couple of these before. They're seed pods from a liquid amber tree. My students all complained that I had painted these before. I had to point out that the first one was done a long time ago (August I think). The pod had not dispersed it's seeds yet. The second one was taped to the backdrop and was relatively new. This one is standing on a dark green cloth and was found in a gutter. Soaking in water has turned it a dark gray color insted of the warm tan that they are when they first loose their seeds. Anyhow, I just felt like painting it. I like their structure.