Still Life


This still life was done as a birthday gift for Ingrid. She and Jeff had the great idea to invite any friends interested to splash some paint (or anything for that matter) onto an 8″x8″ canvas. Since there were a few extra canvases and I was a bit more comfortable painting larger, I took 4 with the intent of creating a single image over all of them. I hadn’t painted with ‘real’ paint for some years (only digital lately) so this turned out to be a very enjoyable project. The whole idea was to enjoy and not get bogged down in a big project. I worked on it over 2 Sundays (approximately 12 hours), and then spent another couple hours doing finishing touches and a varnish coat. The biggest challenge was to create an interesting composition without going too complex. I was hoping that each canvas would work on its own as well, so it was a bit tricky in that sense. And as with any image, the trick was to (try to) not over work it. It was great to step back and look at the completed image, taking in the good and bad. Some areas such as the cloth are quite heavy-handed and could benefit from some refinement… next time.




  • Rion this is fantastic! Wonderful painting and technique and neat to
    hear a little bit about your process. The four separate images work
    really well in their own right as compositions — in fact for there’s a
    great sense of movement in each of them in spite of the ‘still life’
    subject matter — and they combine into a great overall composition as
    well. There’s a part of my brain that’s already racing to visualize as
    many different rearrangements of the panels as possible; I think Ingrid & Jeff will have fun hanging them in various combinations over time. Great work!