Still Life Art, 6 Ideas to Crash Through Just Fruits and Flowers!
By: Delmus Phelps
Going beyond just flowers and fruit, these still life art ideas will get you started on a road that may never end with ideas!
Fruit and flower have always been a classic subject for the still life, but don't just stop there. Never get the notion that you must follow those rules to create something of beauty. If you're stuck in a rut, I've got 6 ideas here that can get your wagon out of the ditch and back on the trail!
Try painting something old but unique, dig out that old coffee grinder your grandmamma passed down to you years ago. Or maybe the foot driven sowing machine. Maybe you found an old hammer and wood chisel set at an estate sale. Am I getting your creative juices going yet? One of my greatest pleasures is going Yard Sale hunting. My wife and I have a great day of it, and sometimes come away with such wonderful props! Plus, she loves to haggle (she calls it polite negotiating) and takes great pride in chiseling down the price.
Try doing a work in a monochromatic or analogous color scheme. Even a simple black and white painting will strengthen your technique in depicting value and subtleties of the half tones. It forces you to see the small differences in shade and tones throughout your still life art.
No matter the medium you work in, the impact of texture always brings the viewer in closer to see how it was done. Include this with impasto passages within you work, especially around your focal object, and very much so in the highlights of that object.
Deep cast shadows across the piece will lend itself to some fairly abstract shapes. These are always interesting to view and will pull your viewer in to see what can be seen within them.
5. Viewing Point:
Altering your point of view from the front to above, below or showing only a piece of the entire setup can make for an exciting development. Ariel views are always interesting for it is an angle that is so different. Below normal eye level also makes for some wonderful ideas.
Vary the size of your work. If your used to doing 8" X 10", or 14" x 16", bust loose and try a 30" X 40" or 36" X 48". You might surprise yourself in working up to a larger scale and breaking through outside your comfort zone!
With all the possibilities in available in props for still life art , not just flowers and fruit, you should have a never ending stream of subjects. Isn't still life art a wonderful genre to paint in!
About the Author:
Artist Delmus G. Phelps has been painting in oils for over 30 years. His latest website is dedicated to educating artist hungry to find answers to painting problems. Want to know more about the 400 year old technique of painting not taught anymore? Join us at http://www.easy-oil-painting-techniques.org/free-art-lessons.html for some crazy easy techniques for painters!
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