You sign up for a painting class. The teacher arrives with a large tote bag filled with cloth, vase, dried weeds, bowl, fruit and possibly a gourd. All these items are carefully arranged in the front or middle of the class and you are left to tackle complex drawing issues from a vantage point that does nothing to spark your interest or imagination. You don’t have quite enough confidence to alter the position, shape, color or value of the objects to make them work on your paper or canvas. It’s almost impossible to create a strong design. You hope that next week the tote bag will hold something a bit more to your liking. I wonder what the teacher would say if you transformed the still life into a beautiful mandala, picking and choosing only the items that strike your fancy and altering them to fit into the geometry of your circle.
Still Life paintings can be delightfully entertaining and personal. They provide the opportunity to strengthen your drawing skills, your design skills and your color inventiveness. What is a Still Life? It is a collection of stuff, of objects, a variety of shapes, textures and colors. What ends up on your canvas or paper is up to you. Have fun!
Glass Bottles and Eyeglasses – Drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor.
Forks and Spoons – Drawn first in ink with fountain pen followed by watercolor
Bananas – Drawn first in ink with fountain pen followed by watercolor