Manfred Lecher, wanted me to show him what I could and could not do before I started painting. I did a decent pitcher and pinecones (the alarm clock is a little Daliesque, but it demonstrates attention to detail).
When I painted the bottles, however, Manfred said I "wasn't ready" and "used too much water." (I was so proud of them, too! Especially the colors!)
So it was back to drawing with colored pencils, which may (or may not) be my medium. I drew the bottles again. And again. Different shading, different treatments, different techniques.
Then I graduated to apples.
More on Brigitte, inspiration, and coincidences next time!