Thoughts on the number of objects
I like to focus on one subject matter in the still life. I found that I am easily distracted by too many "things" in an image...I have been less successful when I have added a bowl or placed it in environment. Here is an example with peas that worked best when I omitted all of the objects I had originally placed them in.
What is so terrible about art is that the further one advances in it, the more tightly one is committed to an extreme and nearly impossible objective.