I don't hate painting a still life, I hate setting them up. What do you put in them so it doesn't look like you raided a junk store and decided to paint it all? Designing a still life, there should be a college course on that. It's a lot like food. Sure you could grab everything out of the refrigerator and cook it in some sort of casserole and you'd find somebody to eat it, but it doesn't mean it's good.
What I've discovered, over this last month, is that creating and painting a still life is much like plein air painting. It has to be something that catches your eye, keeps you interested and inspires you to paint it. Most of all the lighting has to be "special". I probably spent more time setting stuff up and messing with the light than actually painting. A lot of the stuff I tried didn't work out and even though, at the time, it felt like a waste of time I realised I was learning. Learning why some things didn't work and why other things did.
Nearing the end I've come to the conclusion that lighting is everything, whether it be light or lack of. Just like the movie, Poltergeist, if the light isn't good don't go into it.