I began this exercise of a Still Life with Colourful Objects with a pencil sketch just to familiarise myself with the image. It was great to be back drawing Still Life, a genre I really enjoy, after the frustration and disappointment I felt in the last project on Interior Spaces.  However I found that, as I was drawing the image of a jug and pieces of fruit, an interesting thing happened.  I suddenly saw the space occupied by the still life objects as an interior space – with all the characteristics of the interior spaces of rooms…composition, tone, light, shapes and colour. So I drew the space first to see the tones and then added the objects – just like I had with the furniture in the rooms! I realised that, even though I had felt that the last project was a failure for me, in actual fact I had learnt an enormous amount in looking at spaces and recognising the tonal value of the composition. I applied this to the Still Life image and was pleased at how easy it was to analyse the composition. I learnt something quite significant about our seeming failures – they are all significant steps in the learning process and perhaps a necessary part!

First colour study

First colour study

My two colour studies were about thinking through the colours in terms of composition and just exploring colour combinations in a loose drawing.

Exploring tones

Exploring tones

I was also exploring how to apply the paint and blend the tones. I also gave some thought to the background colour by mixing the blue and the orange to find a green tone for shadows.

I feel that the orange against the blue worked well and really like the green tone for the background shadow.

Final image

Final image


About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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