This is a demo I did of a still life in a recent class I taught. I always use a tinted canvas. I find that a white canvas doesn’t show color properly – it tends to create a pastel looking painting. I fill the canvas. I find the bottom of the scene, then figure where the top will fit, next I measure to see where everything else fits. I draw the scene quickly, then begin by painting the darkest darks and the lightest lights. Nothing can go darker or lighter than those. Next I begin looking for shapes and values. I don’t try to paint apples, but instead, look for shapes and values that might be on the apple. I put the shapes together, like a puzzle and they become an apple. I don’t mix colors, but paint pure colors. The right side of the rose might be light orange, but the left is a deep red. I do the same with the stem and leaves. Next I quickly paint a color in for the background and foreground to make sure it is right. This is the foundation of my still life painting technique, and it works very well for me.