Still life painting objects

Arranging the objects in a still life painting can be as challenging—and enjoyable—as painting the subject matter. Over the years I’ve collected many artifacts and I enjoy painting them all. But, in truth, a simple setup is just as interesting to paint as a more complicated piece with beautiful objects. That’s because an artist isn’t painting the objects, but is painting how the light, shadow and transitions create a pleasing image. I am trying to find the right balance between almost empty and overloaded. It’s also important to create harmonies and an interesting rhythm—put objects together that work well together.

part of my colection of old porcelain plates, potary and glasseware