a class sample is you can try out stuff, like color combinations or add something different to a composition that you hadn't thought of originally. My class samples for my painting classes are small. Small enough that if what I planned doesn't work out as planned I can trash it without feeling guilty over the time spent or the goods used.
I have always liked the purple color family especially those hues that lean more toward blue rather than toward red. I consider this samples as much to much in the red violet range for my taste, but I thought, hey it's only paint. And it was worth trying.
Saying that, there was a point when I did consider not finishing this piece because of the color. I had to push back the "yuck" thought.
Now that it is done, it has grown on me. So this is a second sample for my painting with watercolor on silk broadcloth workshop.
Now back to the sewing machine to put on the facing sleeve and label.