As my theme for my still life is happiness, I decided to do some research to see how other artists have used this theme.
The majority of the paintings and drawings around this theme are bright and colourful and contain items like flowers. This, on sale aat https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Flowers-still-life-Happiness/807712/3154500/view is a prime example. Another example https://www.novica.com/itemdetail/?pid=196129
http://www.brownhound.co.uk/painting/brief-moment-of-happiness/ is a slightly different example where the artist Helen Bradley uses a vegetable to portray the transient feeling of happiness.
Although I can admire the qualities of these paintings, as I have explained in previous logs my idea of happiness is a little extraordinary. I want to incorporate objects that make me happy or remind me of happy times but I also want a darker element to my composition.