Still Life

I paint more for myself than for others and I am determined to conquer this type of painting (the still life). Why is it that a still life done by my friends and fellow artists always seem to me to breathe life and energy, while my own does not? I suppose it is true that we are our own worst critics. A painting has to speak to me while I am working or it seems to have no magic.  I have spent several years selling my art out a couple of local wineries. When I decided I wanted to learn to paint a still life, it was very natural for me to select wine bottles and glasses as a subject. Since I soon became bored with painting the same thing, I branched out into other subjects. Most of my Still Life paintings are small, 8 x 10 and under, but my newest one (APERITIF & APPETIZER INGREDIENTS) is 18w x 24h

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This is a still life of a Ladies gloves, doll chair, hat, pearl necKlace and lace  hanky. I actually took a picture of this display in an antique store  on one of the many occasions I was dragged out  for retail therapy by the ladies of my church. The tiny doll-house chair and hat made nice a contract with the normal sized gloves, necklace and hanky. Of course, the actual items were far beyond my price range. The Victorian items grouped together made a wonderful still life composition however.