Where do I begin?
Well, in the case of still life paintings, this is where I began. I learned... make that... I began to learn about soft edges and shadows. It was also my first attempt at a metallic color... yeah, looks like I needed a little more practice at that; my pewter is a little (ok, a lot) purple-y. I did learn about placing the objects in a pleasing way (overlapping, not straight on), but I hope my next lesson was to use the whole canvas - not just the middle!
I love looking back. Right now I'm very discouraged with the painting I'm working on. Seeing how I have grown as a painter reminds me that learning is hard! Maybe looking back is the encouragement I need to move forward.