I have enjoyed the focus in recent years on informal still lifes. Several current painters have shown that interesting and challenging still lifes can be set up using most anything from children's toys to glass objects to a single piece of fruit. One thing they all seem to recognize is the importance and impact of lighting on the subject. Contrast showcases the colors, shapes and subject. To that end I have been working with lighting via different lamps and set ups. I'm not there yet, but, hopefully, more experimentation will help me find what I'm looking for.