In the mixed media class I taught from January-March 2020, there came a day when we did mixed media still life.
We set up some objects and the students got to work. To keep myself from hovering over them, I started to work on this piece and finished it later at home.
I’m not very reality-oriented in my rendition. For example, the red circly things at the bottom represent a swath of bubble wrap spread on the table.
“Impromptu Still Life”, acrylics/paper/ink on canvas, 20″ x 16″, 2/2020.
Great colors. (K)
More and more I just want to paint shapes and colors. I need a “reality” based image to start me off and then…it’s just flying along and seeing the view from above the canvas as paint goes on!
That’s a good approach.
This is the type of still life I enjoy, where you’ve taken the objects and abstracted them into recognisable forms that are also a landscape of the imagination. Those realistic still lifes just leave me cold. Why do I want to look at someone else’s pile of fruit? You’ve also reminded me that I have not attempted a still life of any kind in years. Maybe I should challenge myself to give it a whirl.
Oh, I hope you will try it, I would love to see what you do. As for me, I agree totally with your idea of still life art (ask my students how I described the still life class and they will say, she hates still lifes! before you can finish the question). But many years ago, I took a class at the township night school in oil pastels and the teacher introduced us to abstractification of real scene or objects. It changed my art life. Just what I wanted to be doing. So this still life here, I am happy with it and I enjoyed making it.
I love your artistic interpretation of bubble wrap!
Thank you. I sort of forgot what I was supposed to be depicting and just went wild. I like it, though.