To produce a still-life picture you have first of all to decide what effect you want your picture to have. When I produced the original of this still-life composition, I collected together a number of pots that I felt would make an interesting composition against the backlight of a window. I chose large metal and pottery objects, which were all fairly light in colour. As they were all circular in shape, I decided that I would play on this feature by choosing the perspective of looking down on them when they were close to me, so that the deeper shadows in the interiors of the pots gave a sort of repeat motif and were very dominant in the picture.

As all the items were lit from behind, the main light was diffused and helped to even out the colour values. I decided that I didn't want many strong colours, making this a rather muted piece of work.

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