I'm reading a book on the life and art of Diego Velazquez (1599-1661). He's one of the great master painters. A recurring comment by those lucky enough to have seen his works in person, is that you can see the joy that he derived from every stroke of color that he placed on the canvas.
Reading this inspired me to paint today. Of course, Velazquez would not choose to paint a still life like this one, but this isn't a master copy. I painted the colors I love, in a simple set up with my favorite objects. I had a wonderful, uncomplicated time. Can you tell?