I find paintings of "white" things to be some of the most beautiful and fascinating. For instance, I admire, how something "white" could be painted with so much color, in the work of a master. Or how amazing it is, that such a mud-colored passage would look like snow when seen in relation to the rest of the colors in the painting. White things in paintings are beautiful.
The subject of this painting is the beauty of a simple white cup, colored by the morning light. Everything else in the painting is subordinate to this idea. To select the best composition to express my idea, I created a number of studies (see some of them below). For example, in one of the studies (top right), I have rendered the background cloth. Subsequently, I decided that the detail on the cloth competes for attention, and I decided to leave it out.
Below is a detail of the painting. I paid utmost attention to edges, such that even the hardest edge has some softness to it.
My appreciation for still-life paintings has evolved significantly over the last couple of years, thanks to past and present masters of this genre. Here I would like to share just a couple of my still-life influences.