So one of our exercises was to photograph "the whole thing"....a scene or an area, and then keep paringing it down, down, down to the most important elements. I took a hike out into a swamp where some of the painters were working and I found an easel, box of scattered oil paint and a pallet waiting for the painter to come back. I just kept moving in, pretty much ignoring the huge towering red pines above and focused on the color of the oil paint. A quick switch to a close-up lens and I was able to get really close on the texture and color of the paint. Simple, abstract, but I liked it anyway.