A still life study with my students. After having studied apples alone in the beginning of the term, this time branches with leaves were added to start thinking about the surroundings of the subject. This is easier to do when there is something to play with, like leaves and branches. But it's still not so easy in the beginning. You can make soft leaves, sharp leaves, dark or light leaves, positive or negative leaves to create interest and atmosphere. To think and see negative and positive shapes is important and it becomes an habit with practice. From that point on you are able to see "the whole" and not only isolated objects.