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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Still Life Subjects


What makes a good subject for a still life painting? An artist can be inspired by the sentiments evoked by an object, by what's available, or by the object's interesting shape or color. Just about anything goes. What's most important is how the artist handles the subject - arrangement and placement of objects, lighting, and point of view are some of the aspects to consider.

During a class I am teaching we had been painting one-object arrangements and the students had been doing well. A certain theme had developed among a group one of the class participants and I are in, and we decided to go with it. It required two objects. This was much more difficult, but the result was great fun in addition to learning. Please enjoy "Nice Rutabagas".

What has been your most unusual still life subject recently?

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