Still lifes are usually my least favorite topic for painting; I’d much rather paint people or landscapes. But sometimes still life paintings are easier to work into my schedule or to deal with the weather.
I selected this still life based on one that I recently saw in a musuem show. I liked the quiet contemplative nature of the subject and layout. (The other one did not have any blue bottles or lemons in it, but it did have a twig in it.)
I played around with the set up for a while and eventually removed most of the objects that I had selected. It’s very simple. The size is 18 x 24, oil on canvas.
You will notice that I ended up cropping the top of the painting. As you look at the steps, you’ll see where I leave things in, leave things out, blur some lines. I personally don’t care much for photo-realism but that’s my opinion. This was painted on a toned canvas and I spend about three days on it for a total of about ten hours.
I decided to paint the background first in order to better define the objects.
Final still life with detail. My photo editing program is making this a little too blue and too cool, but you get the idea. Notice on the detail image how I’ve carried the colors of the objects into their shadows. And a lemon is not just yellow, it’s a multiple of colors. One of the true advantages of painting still lifes is that they make you really look at and observe what you are seeing.