In Search of the Perfect Still Life Setup

For Elaine Twiss, finding the perfect still life setup is a long process. She spends quite a bit of time at flea markets and on eBay in search of objects that inspire her. Though she’s passionate about discovering “found” objects, Twiss is not a pack rat. Some objects she secures for her still life setups she keeps in case she might want to paint them again, and many others she resells once her painting is done. (She recently came into possession of 15 vintage clocks and had more on the way!)

In the Summer 2015 issue of Acrylic Artist, Twiss’s work featuring clear glass is showcased, but she paints a wide range of subject matter. She loves to zoom in on her still lifes to get to that detail she loves, and because thinned acrylics on paper dry fast, she often works small or close to life-size to keep the process manageable. It’s difficult to keep damp the large mixes of color needed for big washes on sizeable works, just as it’s a challenge to mix additional batches consistent in color to the previous one. She does, however, write down her mixtures as she goes, just in case.

To read the full-length feature on Twiss’s work, and to hear more about her process and techniques, check out the summer issue of Acrylic Artist, on sale at NorthLightShop.com. Here are just a few paintings to whet your appetite below:

Still Life Setup, Pastimes (acrylic on paper, 11x10), Elaine Twiss

Still Life Setup, Pastimes (acrylic on paper, 11×10), Elaine Twiss

Still life setup, Electric Company (acrylic on paper, 8x7), Elaine Twiss

Still life setup, Electric Company (acrylic on paper, 8×7), Elaine Twiss

Still Life Setup, Park Place (acrylic on paper, 11x18), Elaine Twiss

Still Life Setup, Park Place (acrylic on paper, 11×18), Elaine Twiss

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