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.
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.
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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