A through study of Still Life breathes life in your Art Work.Still life adds another dimension to your Artistic acumem. Hence it is a must in Art curriculum.
A still life is a drawing or painting that focuses on still or unmoving or static objects. The subject matter is inanimate and never moves, typically with a focus on household objects, flowers, or fruits.
My Still Life painting has more to do with light and shadow than with the objects themselves - William C. Wright.
Still-life work contrasts figure drawing which focuses on a live human model. With a still life you know the objects won’t ever move and you can practice objects with different properties like shiny metal, clear porcelain, or bulbous apples.
Fruit bowls are a popular choice because they’re made up of simple shapes and everyone has fruit lying around!
Starting off as a way for students to practice shape and form, understanding the play of light and shadow over the objects thus making them 3 dimensional. The still life has evolved into a full-fledged genre of art. You can arrange any collection of inanimate objects to be the subject of a still life
Let me share some of the most common themes and object choices when doing a still life: Flower arrangements – Bouquets or vases of flowers are some of the most popular subjects of still life artworks. Table spreads and foods –these artworks contain everything from dead birds to sliced fruit to untouched banquet tables. Common objects – Normal objects that you would find lying around your house suddenly transform into the subject of your art. They can be in a specific arrangement or placed to tell a story through visuals. Symbolic arrangements – by utilizing visuals, composition, color, and subject matter, an artist can paint objects that represent symbols or patterns for their still life work.
Time Stands Still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life - Brian Andreas.
So still life sometimes represents a slice of history!
Because it helps us to:
Various important elements of still life are:
Here’s a brief rundown of how to paint your own still life:
Still, life drawing helps the artist
Originally published May 2, 2019