Impromptu Still Life

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.

Just saying.

“Impromptu Still Life”, acrylics/paper/ink on canvas, 20″ x 16″, 2/2020.

Impromptu Still Life 20 x 16

7 thoughts on “Impromptu Still Life

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      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!

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    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.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      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.

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