I thank you all very much.
Still lifes are fun. I like painting reflected light, cast and form shadows from life. Requires lots of hard looking. I probably look more than actually paint, trying to make the brush strokes deliberate and not fuss with them.
Thanks again to all!
No reference photos used for these two, these are painted from life in natural light. I set up a still life and sometimes manipulate the environment.
For me, there are important distinctions and aspects of approach when either working from life or using reference photos. I find the more I work from life, the more drawing and painting vocabulary I have for other references: photos, imagination, abstraction, non representational, whatever.