Still Life Painting & Composition: Fruit Vegetables Vases & More

A still life is an exercise in design, as the artist arranges the elements. Learn what it takes to make a great still life painting—what makes an interesting still life composition, how to draw fruit, the art of painting flowers, as well as get still life painting tutorials—with these articles.

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Lessons of Still Life Painting | Artist Claudia Seymour

As a genre, still-life compositions provide the artist more freedom than landscape or portrait painting to arrange commonplace objects that may be natural (flowers, plants, rocks, food, etc.) or man-made (vases, drinking utensils, books, jewelry, etc.). These components provide unlimited possibilities for compositional combinations encompassing the design elements of: Line, Shape, Color, Value, Tone,...

Feminine Nature (pastel, 16x20) by Patricia Tribastone | pastel techniques

Great Pastel Techniques for Using Symbolism in Art

Today’s artists can use a variety of methods to translate meaning into their paintings—composition, light and shadow, values, point of view, atmospheric light, as well as the objects themselves. Enjoy a still life gallery of Patricia Tribastone's symbolic pastels and the concept behind them, and read more about pastel techniques for symbolism in art...

Warts and All (oil, 19x19) by Hans Guerin

Painterly Pumpkins

The squash is a humble vegetable. It’s violently catapulted across fields in a sport called pumpkin chunking. It’s subjected yearly to eager hands equipped with carving knives, and then, it’s inevitably left to rot on front porches across America, while our attention moves to plants of the evergreen sort.