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July's Saturday Morning Still Life Sketch and Paint Series - Traditional

  • Jul 13, 2013 · 9:30 AM
  • Susan's House

Are you having trouble figuring out what to draw? Finding a subject isn't always easy.

During this series we will explore some ideas for drawing and painting with objects or still life compositions. You can then use these ideas to develop your technical skills and practice drawing techniques, or to explore your ideas through art. There are many ways to use an object or still life to tell a story or evoke a feeling through your drawing. Whether you are drawing a simple, single object or a complicated object, this kind of drawing allows you complete control of your subject.

We will meet each Saturday in July at Susan's house - this will be indoors for those looking to get out of the sun.

Series Day Two:

Still Life- Traditional

We will learn the traditional set-up of a still life - draped fabric, a bowl of fruit, jug, bottle of wine, or a vase of flowers, combined with a variety of textures, patterns and shapes to allow the artist to show off their technique, and to delight the viewer in doing so.


During this meetup we will learn how to set up and arrange a still life.

Probably the hardest thing is getting a pleasing arrangement! It's really easy for a traditional still life to look boring. Also, the most common mistake is flat lighting, though the conseqences of that depend on how you handle the picture. By using a shadow box or dark background, combined with a single light source, we will learn to create interest. We will also focus on heightening color and looking for an interesting viewpoint.


Bring your own supplies - we can take turns with snacks : )






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  • Judy K.

    Great to be there. Thanks, Susan.

    July 13, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Wonderful to see all of you this morning.

    2 · July 13, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Anyone who wants coffee, please let me know and I'll have a pot ready. I have almond milk and regular "real" sugar - hope that's alright.

    July 12, 2013

  • Judy K.

    I'll be there from the 13th on! Thanks!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Sandy T.

    Have to go out of town. Will see you all at next one!

    July 1, 2013

  • Diane K.

    I'll again be bringing my iPad as I work on this steep learning curve of digital sketching.

    1 · June 30, 2013

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