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Still Life Lessons - Painting a Still Life

Painting a still life teaches you how to look at objects and see them like an artist, with a perceptive awareness of their outline, shape, proportions, tone, color, texture, form and composition.

  • Slide Show

This series of lessons explain and illustrate the step by step process of painting our still life above. The objects used in our still life were chosen to demonstrate the painting of transparent, reflective and solid forms.

  • We use a traditional painting technique called 'glazing'. The form of the still life is built up with layers of transparent color glazes on top of an opaque base color. This results in a translucent image that radiates light and color.

  • A 'glaze' in painting is a mixture of medium (oil, turps or acrylic) with a small amount of color pigment. It is applied as a thin transparent layer of color using a soft sable brush. This technique was first developed in the 15th century by Jan Van Eyck and adapted by many Renaissance artists as their principal method of working. It is particularly suitable for realistic painting in both oils and acrylics.