A good idea for me to make such small sketches before starting a still life painting. I usually move the objects around looking through a little frame I have cut out of a cardboard, thus being able to see what scenes I like most.
I’m still working with the same objects and trying to become aware of all the different things I could change for a composition. Such as moving the objects themselves around, changing the frame, zooming in or out, changing my own vantage point – horizontal and vertical, altering the lighting conditions using lamps or different times of day. I hope that by continuing to do the same simple thumbnail sketches I become more sensitive to these things and more sensitive in general.
I felt some more anxiety completing these today. Had to pause and take some deep breaths. I fear that I am not able to see the value only the dark of the background and the shape of the objects. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to keep working with these three objects or change it up. It would be interesting exploring all the minute variations of the same objects. Perhaps it will help me become more sensitive to these things?
I think you’re doing a good job of it. I think it may be good to work on a new setup for a couple days, give your eyes and mind a rest from these, and then come back to these objects after that to look and work with them with fresh eyes.