What drew me to want to paint this particular still life was the lemongrass body crème and the silver and gold nail polish. I then added the loose powder which became the focus of the painting. In this painting I wanted to use shades of gray and achieve as subtle color as I possibly could; thereby still having plenty of color and light. I worked this painting perhaps more than I desired, but I think it still has a fresh quality to it. I realize that the initial layout of a painting is crucial and an area where I need tons of work. I don't know why it is such a challenge for me. I need to get away of thinking object and concentrate more on shapes in the beginning. Anybody have any helpful suggestions?