When in doubt or looking for inspiration I seem to "go back to the beach".
I like to "set the stage" for my paintings. I often address the background first. Typically, this is where I play and experiment the most.
Lifesaver Candy Study:
The assignment at the AP summer institute for art was to do a mini concentration in an artist trading cards format....I picked a Fredericksburg alley.
Available as a tote bag via Fine Art America:
Carol Coffman, Artist and Art Teacher.