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.
What I love about painting a still life is that I have complete control on every aspect of the painting from perspective, to lighting and composition. I enjoy thinking up what I want to include in a still life, often it is pieces from my Polish pottery collection that make up most of my stills, but I plan to do a larger variety of still life’s in 2010. Once I decide what I want to put into my setup I’ll move the pieces around till I find a set up that I find pleasing. I use a lamp to control the lighting; I can really use that lighting to make sure my reflective items really sparkle. I look forward to the candy show in February. Time to paint some candy preferably candy with a shiny wrapper! – Heather Sims
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