A dish of smelts. I painted them much larger than they are in actuality. In real life they are small, some of them no longer than a matchstick. Not long ago I was reading how-to-paint-and-here-are-my-secrets book by a famous living artist,and he wrote, "If you ever paint something larger than it really is, you'd better have a damn good reason." I think there are lots of good reasons to paint something bigger than it is, but I think in the eyes of some representational artists it takes things into the realm of abstraction and becomes taboo or something.