Still Life For Suzanne.
Greetings! I’d like to share with you my latest still life painting: “Coffee Cup With Rabbit Netsuke”. The setup is a sort of homage to my sister Suzanne. She likes rabbits and she gave me the coffee cup. Yellow and red are her favorite colors. I don’t know about other artists, but sometimes I like create arrangements with gifts from a friend or family member. In this way, the still life paintings take on extra meaning to me.
Working On Still Life.
In spite of my discussion on brand in the previous blog post, I continue to work on paintings from life. On the one hand, I figure I haven’t gotten all there is out of still life painting. That is to say, they are challenging and I learn in the process. On the other hand, so to speak, I figure if Paul Cezanne did still life painting, perhaps it might be a good idea for me to do them too. I may yet figure out my own style or brand!
Artist Stefan Baumann’s Advice.
Continuing on with my reasoning I’d like to refer to artist Mr. Stefan Baumann recent newsletter. He encourages the reader to work on still life painting as a way to develop one’s style. Mr. Baumann also reminds us that there is so much insight to be gained about ourselves as artist from the practice of painting our own still life arrangements.
I respect artists like Mr. Baumann and carefully consider his advice.
Painting From Life
Just to clarify, this is working from “life”, not from photograph, memory, imagination or other sources. Drawing and painting from life has an entire set of challenges all its own. For example, just looking at the subject then your paper, and back again takes practice to do effectively. One learns to be disciplined in stance in front of the paper or canvas. Wrestling with the nuances of light and color, well, I suppose that might take a lifetime to investigate.
But, back to my little still life. I hope you enjoy it and I rather suspect you will see these same objects in other paintings.
I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to artist Ruth Armitage. She generously included one of my paintings in her blog posting “Owning Contemporary Fine Art”.