I have been doing small still life paintings for a while now and I felt the need to shake things up a little. My classroom is a pretty cluttered, visually busy place. I thought it might make an interesting challenge to paint. I tried to approach it the same way that I approach a plein aire landscape. I tried to get the drawing and the colors accurate enough to create a convincing sense of depth and mass. I tried to edit out all of the unnecessary detail but I had to leave in enough to get an actual sense of the place. I'm going to do some more of these and see where they go.