The moment I put my pencil or brush on the paper, however, these thoughts seemed to become less prevalent. The longer I was working on a certain subject (e.g. bottles, cans, bowls, fruit, cloths, modern and medieval etc.), the more I started to appreciate this exercise. We were learning about how to interpret colour, tone, contrast, composition, perspective and proportion and how to eventually transfer this information as accurately as possible into artwork. Even though still life still doesn't thrill me, I can now see it's so helpful to further develop my creative skills in the areas I'm passionate about. As a matter of fact, I just signed up for the course Abstraction that will cover more of still life, so I'd better get used to it!
Here are some samples of still life drawings and paintings I did:
|Still life Etching ©Fenfolio 1989|
|Still Life Drawing ©Fenfolio 2011|
|Still Life Collage ©Fenfolio 2011|
Sometimes I had to take a photo of the composition so I could finish the exercise on time!
|Still Life Painting ©Fenfolio 2011|