Constructing a Still Life Image
Still Here: Still Life Imagery from the Permanent Collection, opening in mid-August in the John K. Goodman Pavilion, includes a three-dimensional still life display, or vignette, using real objects from the collection. This demonstrates how an artist may assemble objects for a painting. Items like flowers, glass, books, candles and fabric can be incorporated into a scene where every object has meaning. Glassware, for example, may stand for a life of luxury and the fragility of life. Books often represent worldly pursuits, and candles represent the passage of time.
When an artist creates a still life work, the arrangement of shape, size, and color are key parts to a balanced image. Various heights, points of interest, lighting, and textures contribute to the full effect of an overall piece. The video below shows the progression of a still life drawing based on the vignette.
Be sure to visit the Still Here exhibition, opening to the public on August 19!