Still Life with energy
Looking at the colours in our surroundings...
Continuing to explore observation and interpretation.
Colours & form
A bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers, a collection of colourful bottles or other multi coloured objects that you have at home.
You might have a shelf with a colourful collection already set up or you might want to create your exciting still life scene. Your objects may have beautiful decorative designs.
We have talked about the light source before and it does help to have your light coming from one side. If you want to experiment with natural light for this, please feel free.
To help a still life feel lively you could apply the paint quickly, with energy, loose & messy brush-strokes. Using a big brush to avoid starting with details...
The idea here is to be as brave as you can with wildly expressive colour, using your set up as inspiration. You don't need to try to make harmonious, beautiful combinations. Explore mixing new colours too.
For this exercise see what happens if you let the colours run wild.
Let's Paint !!
Still Life In 2 or 3 layers.
First layer (maybe 15 - 30 mins)
My favourite master of still life would have to be Paul Cézanne.
When I searched for quotes by him, I found so many that felt relevant. So here are a few:
"One had to immerse oneself in one's surroundings and intensely study nature or one's subject to understand how to recreate it."
"We live in a rainbow of chaos."
"When the colour achieves richness, the form attains its fullness also."
"There is a logic of colours, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform."
"I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."
"Nature is the best instructor"
"I have to keep working, not to arrive at finish, which arouses the admiration of fools... I must seek completion only for the pleasure of being truer and more knowing."
Incase you are interested, I will be in the Art of Flow at home FB on Wednesday at 11am for 30 mins, intuitively painting a big canvas.