I am gradually stretching my assignment. I started by painting the image as I imagined it. Then I decided to look at it from a different vantage point. For example I've shared the first image and the story in my post from In Search of Swans.
A briefer version is that this was my starting point:
I like this approach. It forces me to circle around the image and look at it from different vantage points and different eyes. It is a far more playful way to approach a painting but I find that I like both approaches.