Still Life

Still Life

The painting of still life was looked down upon at art school, being seen as a task for 'A' level students, but I have since found them well worth arranging to paint.

My attitude now is to just get on with the painting and still life lets you do just that since you can arrange the composition and study the subject over a long time. This gives you the opportunity to try out methods of representation.

For me it needs to look effortless but to convey everything. I'm always impressed by expert handling of paint, the daubs and flicks which become precise objects and textures. However getting to that point involves leaning everything about the subject, to analyse and simplify which the artist has to do as it is not microsurgery but pigments in paste pushed around with a brush. Occasionally it is good to be reminded just how visceral painting is when you actually do it. It becomes partly intuitive, partly a craft and not something which critics or art historians can do very well.