Painting from Life

More specially... from still life...


A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which are either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc.).


"The successful painter is continually painting from still life" ~Charles Hawthorne


I rarely ever paint from still life. This is only because I am drawn so strongly to landscapes. I am beginning to think I should do it more often.

Yesterday I wanted to paint. I really wanted to go on a long hike and capture some of the wintery scenes we had near where we live in the Poconos but I also wanted to enjoy the last waning hours of winter break with the family. So I painted my wife‘s birthday bouquet... For some unknown reason the video stopped about 1/4 the way through but there is a time lapse video of the progress I made on this piece available for viewing down below.


The process of building this painting was fun and it came with some conveniences. I was able to more permanently capture the image of a gift, was able to create the painting in our family room in our home instead of venturing out in the snow and ice and the setup/cleanup process was much simpler than when I venture out to pain outdoors.


Many of the same principals apply... Make initial marks a quickly as possible, start with thinner paint and progress to thicker paint, etc.



Thanks for viewing! I hope you have a great start to the new year! Best of luck to all as we return to work, school and our busy lives.


Best wishes and good health to you! Be well, Tom





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