Myra Schuetter’s watercolor painting involves lavish richness, as she selects objects that lend themselves to high visual drama. Chrome and silver, satin and glass, plastic and chocolate abound in her still life paintings, all rendered with sparkling clarity achieved with sure drawing and finely judged values. View some of these watercolor still lifes below, and find more in the October 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist.
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In Myra Schuetter’s still life painting Feminine Crusades (watercolor on paper, 51×52), a doll sits on a throne holding a glass of wine and surveys a realm bounded by a blue ribbon. Within it she has secured lavish gifts, a group of male soldiers and various other bounty. The painting appears to be a testament to female power.
Myra Schuetter’s still life painting Food Pyramid (watercolor on paper, 41×54) features an almost symmetrical composition around a large triangle. The traditional food pyramid is amusingly subverted. Healthy fruit and nuts are placed at the bottom while the most desirable food is shown to be chocolate eggs and wine. A relief of Bacchus, the God of Wine, takes center stage at the top. This terra cotta face is actually modeled on the artist’s husband.
Good Red Wine Dark Chocolate (watercolor on paper, 28×32) by Myra Schuetter
Marbles (watercolor on paper, 45×37½) by Myra Schuetter
Learn more about Myra Schuetter’s still life painting in the October 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist.
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