Boring Old Still Life?

bBetsy still copy

12″x12″ Acrylic on Canvas by Betsy

Why make the effort to paint still life?   To learn.

What might I learn?   To work from life.  To mix color.  To create a composition. To handle reflections. To understand color and mix color intensity.  To vary edges.  To understand values…

 

In this piece, Betsy concentrated on value work.

Betsy innately understands line.  Her line work is fluid and expressive.  The rendering of lights, darks and midtones does not come as easily to her.  Painting still live offered Betsy the opportunity to isolate the value work. To squint her eyes and understand each shade of value and the shapes they made in the bowl, bottle and carrot.  It allowed her practice with the values within each object. In turn, the values help to create an illusion of three-dimensional form.

I think that Betsy’s vibrant color and expression transcends the three common objects she used for this exercise.  What she learned here will carry over to her next piece, whatever she chooses to make.

Understanding how to paint a boring old still life can help you create magic in all of your work.  It can allow you to concentrate on a particular skill while employing those that you have already integrated into your artistic bag of tricks.

OR you can set out to arrange a still life that is anything but expected.  Check back next time…

Taylor’s Pages

The best way to introduce you to Taylor (although a much younger Taylor), is to give you a peek inside Taylor’s pages from Portrait of a Girl and Her Art

It was tough to focus on just one theme  to represent Taylor’s art when I was putting the book together. I eventually decided  that Taylor’s sketchbooks had to be shared. Unfortunately, these 2-D images hardly do them justice…

Nothing Motel

Nothing Motel                                                                                                                                                                   Digital Print

By Jonathan

“I carved a linoleum block then inked it and scanned it into Photoshop, where I added the color”