New contemporary painting: Yago Hortal Painting style - drop splashes of paint then drag brush through it. This is gorgeous. I won't have brushed big enough to do this, but you could pick up a giant sponge brush at the craft store for pretty cheap
I like the pattern in the sun and would like to use pattern in my design. I also like the idea of half of the sun going off the page. The rays of sun extend all the way of the page which emphasises the brightness of the sunshine.
Easy, inexpensive way to make your own version of Williams Sonoma hurricane holiday candle holders. Use glass bought at the dollar store. Change out the leaves at Christmas and add snow and holiday jewels or handmade snowflakes.