..check out the artwork of Carol Marine! i just love her still life paintings! (the way she applies her paint-- loose brush strokes, choices of color, composition, etc..) i just discovered her work about 6-8 weeks ago, and i'm really glad that i did! she's an amazing/inspiring artist!
here is a link to her blog: http://carolmarine.blogspot.com/
here is a link to her website: http://www.bluecloudstudios.com/
i purchased her book (and recommend it!), available through Blurb.com--- http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/972967