This little painting is a study in "controlled chaos"! Many students ask me how to loosen up their painting style and become more impressionistic in their approach. In this case, I used large flat brushes and lots of thick paint to lay in the color after I drew in the major shapes. Then, I went back in with a slightly smaller flat brush to put the structure of the pot and its contents back in. I tried very hard not to touch the color areas that were working, so that the freshness of the paint wouldn't be ruined.
One other thing that I kept in mind throughout the painting process was to use straight lines whenever possible. Look at the top of the teapot. Even though the lid is circular, I painted it in consecutive straight lines. It reads as round, but the straight lines give it a spontaneous quality that I like.