1: a picture consisting predominantly of inanimate objects
2: the category of graphic arts concerned with inanimate subject matter
Whenever I saw a still life painting, drawing, sculpture, or photograph, I always thought they were of objects already assembled together that the artist enjoyed and therefore decided to create an art piece from. I never realized that the artist set-up the still life: chose the objects, arranged them, and figured out how to light them.
Yesterday I created a still life. With help from an artist friend, I chose some inanimate objects, set them up in an interesting manner, and arranged lighting around them. I took a couple of simple photos to show the set-up:
We’ve left the still life set up and over the next month I will be periodically creating different kinds of art with it. Yesterday I used charcoal for the first time and drew:
Today I am working on a secret art project that I can’t write about online because it will be a gift for someone that reads my blog and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. But trust me that I’ve devoted over an hour to creating this masterpiece!