Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~Leonardo da Vinci
Setting up a still life can be an enjoyable process. Allow your theme to determine the objects and how you place them in the scene. In this composition, a variety of textures spice up a simple floral setup to create an eclectic country theme. The bright, simple shapes of the sunflowers serve as the dominant focus, with the blanket adding detail and contrast. The rustic wood backdrop, chipped table, and unusual vase add interest with soft, mottled textures.
Florals offer such a great variety of colors, textures, and silhouettes. Orchids are a favorite here at the Walter Foster office, and these vibrant purple blooms are sure to brighten up any still life.
"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence." Henri Matisse
An underpainting is an initial layer of paint that blocks in shapes or values for subsequent layers. Applying an underpainting early on can help you determine that your composition works and allow you to see and plan for proper values.
I love the "can-do" attitude that can be found in so many of our vintage Walter Foster Publishing books. Walter T. Foster truly believed that anyone could draw. It just takes a little patience, a pencil, and practice, practice, practice. It's amazing what can happen as your muscle memory for drawing develops.
Our collection of vintage Walter Foster titles is often a source of inspiration. The books remind us of the ageless nature of art and art techniques. No matter how much time may have passed since the original publication dates, the lessons are as helpful today as they have ever been.
One of my favorite pastimes is cooking. I love combining ingredients to create beautiful and tasty dishes. There's an art form—and science—to mixing and matching flavors, colors, and textures and arranging the finished product on a plate or table. And there is plenty of natural beauty in food alone.
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