This is the first time I paint from life. Sort of, that is. My still life paintings have always been from pictures or imagination. Setting up arrangements is simply too cumbersome especially when perishable goods are involved.
Sometimes, ideas for a painting come from unexpected places. I was browsing once through the Facebook album of my cousin-in-law when I came across her orchid collection and pictures of a giant crab as big as a placemat.
Painting metallic objects used to be one big mystery for me especially during my early years. Though pigments such as gold or silver existed in art stores, I realized soon enough they were not the magic ingredients for creating realistic images of golden goblets or silver vases.
Deciding what to paint is not always an easy task. This is true even when one already has a specific theme in mind - a landscape, a still life, a portrait or a floral arrangement. The still endless possibilities for each theme almost always lead to indecision and inaction.