Try painting something old but unique, dig out that old hand cranked coffee grinder your grandmamma passed down to you years ago. Or maybe the foot driven sewing machine. Maybe you found an old hammer and wood chisel set at an estate sale. Am I getting your creative juices going yet? One of my greatest pleasures is going Yard Sale hunting. My wife and I have a great day of it, and sometimes come away with such wonderful props! Plus, she loves to haggle (she calls it polite negotiating) and takes great pride in chiseling down the price.
Try doing a work in a monochromatic or analogis color scheme.
Even a simple black and white painting. This will strengthen your technique in depicting value and subtleness of the half tones. It forces you to see the small differences in shade and tones throughout the piece.
No matter the medium you work in, the impact of texture always brings the viewer in closer to see how it was done. Include this with impasto passages within you work, especially around your focal object, and very much so in the highlights of that object.
Deep cast shadows across the piece will lend itself to some fairly abstract shapes. These are always interesting to view and will pull your viewer in to see what can be seen within them.
5. Viewing Point:
Altering your point of view from the front to above, below or showing only a piece of the entire setup can make for an exciting development. Ariel views are always interesting for it is an angle that is so different. Below normal eye level also makes for some wonderful ideas.
Vary the size of your work. If your used to doing 8” X 10”, or 14” x 16”, bust loose and try a 30” X 40” or 36” X 48”. You might surprise yourself in working up to a larger scale and breaking through outside your comfort zone!
With all the possibilities available in props, flowers and fruit, isn't still life art such a wonderful genre to paint in!