Still Life Set Up
When setting up a still life I usually take a picture, this give me a different view. If I'm not sure if the design looks good, I look at it upside down on my camera or look at it with a mirror. I've heard many teachers say it really is about design and/or composition.
The Sketch with Brush
I usually sketch the design with a #4 filbert brush and a little burnt sienna diluted with turp. If you sketch with this method it is very easy to correct mistakes. I also use a view finder.
Scumbling the darks and mid tones.
Three Apples 8" x 10" oil on canvas board.