This month’s featured gallery is Still Life. A still life is a collection of inanimate objects depicted in an artistic composition and is a genre that has always been a staple for artists. Setting up a still life is an exercise in composition. Painting or photographing the composition is an exercise in technique. The result of these efforts is a work of art. Throughout the month of January, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s still life artists.
My preferred subject matter for painting is still lifes. In high school my favorite teacher loved setting up still life scenes. I enjoyed looking through the boxes of odd objects she collected that she thought might challenge us with their unusual shapes and textures. I have my own collection of objects and treasures that have little to do with any kind of decorative statement in my home. I keep them all on shelves in my painting room. Many of the items I collected because I liked the color. I find I have a number of things that are different blue, rust (real rust on iron objects) golds, silver or red. There are a lot of books that I have collected for the way the cover has faded or the spine is worn looking making the letters barely legible. There are many pieces that have shapes that I think will juxtapose nicely with other shapes or just help tell a story when added to a scene.
When I create a still life painting I am arranging my personal treasures and beloved everyday items in a way that tells a story of sorts. My still life arrangements are ways of expressing, in a veiled kind of way, who I am or what my point of view is. I create and paint in this way for my own self, but hope that it is enjoyed by others because I like to sell what I paint. – Heide Hibbard
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