Still life painting and drawing

Still life painting and drawing

Still life painting and drawing.

I recently set up a still life painting and drawing area in my painting space. If I have a corner of my workspace where I can place objects to paint, and leave them there as long as need be, I can turn to a still life painting if the weather is not so good for painting outdoors. I have a collection of found-objects that I have picked up over the years, usually whilst walking the dog, or on holiday, plus a few interesting junk shop finds and gifts. The intention was always to make painting or drawing studies from them.

Still life painting and drawing

A few items from the ‘Treasure Box’

My box full of collected items is mentioned in a previous post Painting studio treasure box.

Rather than buying a light box to arrange compositions inside I decided to use the treasure box. The box used to be a cash-box behind the bar in the Mason’s Arms public house in Ackworth West Yorkshire. The separate compartments, which used to hold the various coins, are great for adding directional light and shade. The lamp above the box has an LED golfball ‘daylight’ bulb which emits very little heat.

Still life painting and drawing

The treasure box as a prop for still life setups.

I aim to work sight-size if possible and try to arrange the easel for the best angle. This can result in ‘Heath Robinson’ type arrangements, trying to get the easel and lighting in the right place, but it usually works out ok.

Still life painting and drawing

Initial drawing for ‘Nemesis’, charcoal on canvas panel 8 x 8 ins

The initial tonal drawing was made with vine charcoal and then fixed. Glazes and scumbles were then added over two afternoons. I found the fox skull a few years ago whilst out on a dog walk, well off the beaten track.

Still life painting and drawing

‘Nemesis’ oil on canvas panel 8 x 8 ins

Still life painting and drawing

Initial sketch for ‘Berries and glass jar’

Still life painting and drawing

‘Berries and glass jar’ oil on canvas panel 4 x 4 ins

There are more still life paintings to view and purchase in the Still life paintings gallery.