I have learned that I can only paint what I see. I laid out this still life, and started to paint it and realized that it wasn't looking the way I wanted it to. So, I took a picture of it, put it in my photo program on the computer, and cropped it the way I wanted to paint it. Once I had that image, I was able to paint it.
I have this same problem with painting plein air. There is too much stuff, and I can't seem to focus in on the composition that I want. I'm going to keep practicing, though, and hopefully I'll be able to "see" what I want to paint, and eliminate the rest!
This little painting is for Pat's class on Tuesday -- we were to paint the veggies that are in our fridge!