…since my Academy days so long ago. We ate at the local Chinese restaurant last week and I saved the green muscle shells. I set this up in my studio and I have to say that I now think painting from life is *easier* than painting and drawing from a photo. I still think the results depend on the skill of the artist, but it is a lot easier to work from life so that's the main thing I've taken away from this exercise. I switched to the water soluble oil medium rather than the stand oil, and it made a big difference in the way the paint flows on the surface. I may reshoot the photo of this painting later in the day, but this is my preliminary photo of the finished piece.