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.
I find the still life genre intriguing for many reasons. I like that I can open my refrigerator, utensil drawer, or cupboard and find something interesting to paint; any ordinary object can be made extraordinary. I love still life paintings that show textures: metal, wood, glass, paper, cloth, etc., particularly if these textures are somehow layered. I enjoy the play of light; the way it might bounce off of one object, but sink into another. I like paintings that look uncontrived, with interesting viewpoints and crops. The challenge of employing these elements to create a successful painting is what compels me to paint still life. – Kari Tirrell
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