In our free eBook, Creating a Powerful Still Life Painting: 25 Tips to Enhance Your Still Life Art, two artists talk about how they let loose their artistic
inspirations through their still life paintings. Lisa Dinhofer discusses
the fact that still life drawing is an essential part of her work, as a
draftsman and as an oil painter. Still life art is where she starts
every new idea, and often her best artistic ideas come to her while
drawing still life setups in her studio.
chooses objects for her still lifes—marbles, toys, masks, insects—that
have universal appeal, and people relate instantly to them. She also
spends time just playing around with the objects, letting the story or
concept unfold for her rather than trying to come up with a story that
really only references the objects in a secondary way.
Joe Gyurcsak uses still life oil painting as a way of brushing up on
the essential methods he needs as a practicing artist. He often starts
by toning his canvas to eliminate the brightness of a gessoed surface so
that the pupil of the eye stays open and sensitive to the slightest
color changes and light transitions on the surfaces of the still life
objects he paints. Toning the canvas also makes the surface less
absorbent and allows for a smoother paint application.
it is fruit on a tree or dishes in a sink, Gyurcsak is committed to
keeping still life painting a part of his artistic practice. Not only
because of the convenience of painting in such a way, but also because
still life painters grow by leaps and bounds through the work they do.
And that's no wonder because all the oil painting techniques a painter
uses when painting the figure or a landscape are utilized in still life