A still-life is a painting that depicts carefully staged inactive objects; these objects may include those that are natural like wood or stones. Subjects may also include man-made objects such as glasses, pottery, or tables. To put it bluntly, still life paintings show objects that are lifeless.
At the start of the rise of popularity in the artist’s circles of still-life, artists and people appreciate it because it can be rife with symbolisms. Modern day still life, however, does not need a symbolism to be valued. The arrangement in itself or maybe the combinations of colors and textures is enough to create a delightful and even esteemed piece of still-life painting.
Cezanne started this paradigm shift, by painting apples in so many different perspectives. Before, a fruit had to have meaning in paintings – like a fruit in early bloom may symbolize birth. Now, however, still-life merely mirrors what is actually seen, and respects the beauty it holds simply because it is there.
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For a few tips on making your still-life more striking, one way is to know how you set up for painting a still-life. The first thing is to make sure that you will be as comfortable as possible while working. Set up your easel and the object of your painting in such a way that you do need to crane your net to look at them back and forth. Keep in mind that not only will you be straining your neck; you will also be straining your eyes if the distance you keep on shifting from is too far. Additionally, make sure that you do not place your objects where your painting arm will cover them as you paint. And finally, make sure that you set up where there is enough lighting.
Now, how do you set-up your objects? One trick is to have clear adhesives ready. You may need to go back to your painting the next day and it would be a pain if your pieces have been moved inadvertently. So, as you set up on your first day, put tapes underneath your objects and stick them to your stage (a table, a chair, etc…).
The whole point of a still life is seeing beauty in inanimate objects, so you’ll need to choose your subject carefully. If you are a newbie, it might be better to lessen clutter and focus on just one subject at a time. Also, you might find it more difficult to concentrate on the details of each object if you know that there are other objects that draw your attention.
If you are selling your still-life painting, a stage is again necessary. Of course, you want to present your works in the best light possible. So make sure that the general layout of your selling area would be in theme with your artworks. For example, if you have a still-life of a plate of cooked vegetables, set it up on a real table with cutlery and a clear glass of water.