Artists learn from each other but this does not mean that we copy each other. This is especially true with regards to composition. My own still life paintings are original compositions, but I admit, it is hard work to get it right. In other words, it’s easy to get it wrong.
There are certain rules for composition, but it is not sufficient to merely obeying these rules. A good composition requires more than adhering to the golden ratio or divine proportion. I spend many hours minutely re-arranging various objects before being satisfied with the result.
With respect to the composition of the still life in my paintings, I aim to add a contemporary touch and thus reflect our modern time. While adhering to the age old, and proven, rules of harmony and beauty.