Each painting session, I must come up with subject matter for the very first class where participating artists arrive with painting materials only. I used fruit for many years. I knew I had to come up with something else when artists began calling this the "apple lesson". This session, we used objects from our supplies. As I am a student of design principles, these brushes became three distinct yet overlapping lines. And what better to counter the geometric line that an organic circle? The "background" paint was laid in spirally. Not only does this help to soften these strong lines, but it also prevents the ends of the brushes from commanding as much attention as the brush ends. No fancy set-ups. No meticulously calculated lighting. I love the challenge of creating a subject from what you have.
I also love creating a dinner with on-hand ingredients. Making do. I think it's a great way to live.