Painting flowers can be frustrating sometimes. One night I started a project on very fresh flowers and the next day they were all facing downward. We often hear the phrase 'still life' to refer to certain works of art. Still life, according to my uneducated interpretation, has one characteristic - staged and unchanging. The image is maintained.
Still life is meant to be still. However, in the case of making art using things that are organic (living matter) there is no such thing as still life. My art is currently focused on botanical subjects, in other words- perishables. Assuming that lighting is a controlled factor, my reference fruits and flowers are never still. They change, the flowers droop and loose petals, the fruits get spots and they shrivel a little more everyday, the leaves dry out and curl, seedpods crack open and burst, etc. Not that these are all negative occurrences - no in fact they display very interesting, uncommon and sometimes even more beautiful form. All these observations happen on my drawing/painting table on a daily basis. Therefore, it is fair to say then that there is no such thing as still life. Still life is an anachronism. Life can't be still. Only lifeless things can be still. This is not a new revelation or discovery because it has always been that way. Rather it is a matter subversion. :)
Well then, let me take this opportunity to digress. Life is never still. Life is timed. Time dictates the movement of life and man cannot do anything about that. King Solomon in his God-given wisdom understood this dance between life and time when he wrote the third chapter of Ecclesiastes.