In my painting class my instructor (Mr. Mat Barber Kennedy) had these licorice candies that he used to eat as a child in England. He generously shared them with the class. I, however, don't enjoy licorice. But since he was nice enough to share his booty with me I obliged and tried the candy... It was excruciating. When I didn't finish it I asked him what i should do with it. He told me to paint it (which was of no surprise to me). So I found another piece and set up a miniature still-life. The painting is about 3''x3.5'' and took about an hour and a half to complete.