Wow, today was a blast. I went out this morning and bought a bunch of fruit for still lifes at our little neighborhood grocery store, and then checked out a little antique shop around the corner. I ended up buying about 5 different vessels, including this amazing globe pitcher and the little pewter pitcher.
With all the new props to play with my still life just fell together, and over the next 5 hours or so this painting just fell out of my brush.
I'm trying with these recent paintings to let objects melt into the background and into each other, finding as many instances of "passage" as I can, while still retaining the structure of the form. This is the most successful I've ever been at that, and I'm really happy with the painting.
Here are the process shots. I included a shot of the block-in this time, which I usually do in the first 10 minutes and never photograph.