Thanks to everyone on this site who have generously answered my questions so far, and thanks to Mark for his willingness to freely share his gift with others.
I have completed my studio redesign, built my shadow box and color checker, mixed my SDM with my palette of 5 colors and rehearsed my 6 questions... and I am ready to begin my first ever "still-life"! (I know... kind of anticlimactic). I have been doing art for many years and somehow avoided doing a still life for that entire time. In the past 5 years I have really become serious about my art and focused on oil painting, and that journey led me here to revisit the fundamentals and then some. Though I have had some decent sales, I really need to elevate my game.
So, without further hesitation... I begin. Wish me luck!
I am starting with a very simple setup-I don't want to discourage myself right away. (keep it simple, stupid!)
I do have one more question... would you start with the object in the background, or foreground?