Painting from real life is so much more interesting than painting from a photograph. Yes, I do use photos sometimes and I pass no judgement on others who do the same. After all, you can’t make a cloud stand still! But, when I’m stuck inside all winter, I most like to paint still lifes. I love fruit because it is like the human body. I love to use vintage tablecloths and my grandmother’s china. And, it is a welcome change to render something as solid as a tea cup after months spent trying to pin down waves.