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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Still Lifes Under Glass | Melanie Lacki Watercolor Gallery

Melanie Lacki‘s expressive still life watercolor paintings explore the reflective surfaces of glass and pay homage to family, friends and favorite artists. “My subject matter is chosen based on a special emotional reaction I get when observing things around me,” says Lacki, referring to the mementos, books, fruit, fabric, shells and more that take center stage...

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The Potent Power of Using Colored Paper

Sandra Angelo, a well-known instructor with Artists Network, has offered to share three ways that she likes to use colored paper to make her colored pencil paintings pop. See what she has to say, and consider which technique you might take advantage of in your next drawing.

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Paint Techniques: Watercolor Grapes with Lian Quan Zhen

Learn How to Paint Grapes in Watercolor Follow along, step-by-step, with Lian Quan Zhen to create vibrant grapes on a vine. A Berkeley graduate, Lian takes inspiration of the California vineyards to demonstrate his favorite watercolor painting techniques, including pouring and color mixing, layering color to create depth and form, and employing the use...