The third acrylic painting course that I taught at the Worcester County Arts Council, in Berlin, Maryland, was in the spring of 2007. These students--Judy, Betty, and Tom--were not afraid of color.
This was Tom's purse, which might sound funny, but his wife and sister-in-law hand make and sell high end purses. (Unfortunately their website does not appear to still be up and running, but they sell under the name Linanz.) Tom used a photo of one of the purses as his source for this painting.
Betty had too much energy to sit down and paint for two hours--me, too!
Judy found a photo of this woman in a magazine, although I think that Judy's rendering is more striking and inspired than the photo.
(More photos from art classes are here.)