I found the table, the vase and the painting from second-hand furniture stores. I love the old feel and character these old things have. When you paint still-lifes it's important to have some unique objects for you to play with. I look for different heights, shapes, and harmonious or contrasting colors.
I put the painting of the cat in there for more interest--not sure if it's the right move, but I liked how these things looked together.
Here is the painting.
The block-in stage.
The finished painting.
I think it looks okay. The background may be a little dark. At first I didn't paint the cat so distinctly and my husband didn't know what it was. So I made it more recognizable.
Sometimes your viewers don't get the idea you want to get across. Then you have to fine-tune it.
This painting looks more somber. Maybe it's the cool lilac colors against the heavy brownish background. It's not as cheerful as the pink roses painting. Maybe I just like a cheerful painting better. Or maybe it's the straight lines of the vase versus the straight lines of the picture frame. It's all a learning process.