Here is a small 6" x 6" still life to sharpen my observational skills. I have been struggling to create engaging landscapes recently and have found it relaxing to take a break and paint a still life. I wonder what message I should take from this insight? Hmmmm Perhaps if I had the opportunity to revisit the plein air painting locations to "complete" a painting, I could make more accurate observations of nature. Here in New England the weather and lighting is never the same for two days in a row, or even for 2 hours some days. My finished landscapes sometimes involve as much imagination as observation.