I find it hard to know how to “create meaning” in the choice of objects for a still life, even after all the research I have done. I am not keen on using objects to symbolise something directly. If meaning can be attributed simply because an object belongs to me, then it is easy, but I think this is too simple.
In the end I chose to draw a glass ornament with interesting and challenging tonal variations and inclusions within the glass, and as a foil, some sweets wrapped in cellophane.
The strength of the light source is important and difficult for me to acheive in my situation, but would help if I wish to enlarge the drawings.
In another series of sketches of a different selection of objects, chosen for their old-fashioned nature, I also needed stronger light. I made a sketch of the glass on its own to try to capture the reflections.
I realise that as the obects do not overlap, the composition is dull, and they all have the same vertical structure and similar shape. This is a bit like Modriani, but he always has very significant and important overlaps in his works.
In retrospect, I feel very critical of these sketches.