A Study of Still Life

Thank you for joining us as we explore a variety of still life paintings, drawings, and artists and as we share our progress as we learn to create our own still life art pieces.

Many of you are already participating in the Muse Studio Facebook group and have already been a part of one of our collaborative projects. For those that have participated, I think it is safe to say we have all learned an incredible amount from each other but have also had quite a bit of fun at the same time. The Muse Studio study hall is what we see as the next step in the collaborative process.

When it comes to art, we are all taught that copying artists is wrong and that we should all strive to share our own unique expression and not copy what somebody else is done. Of course, copying other artists works and then trying to pass it off as your own is wrong, in fact it is called forgery. We agree, it is wrong and that is the furthest thing from our goal here.

We learn and grow in part by copying others. That’s not a bad thing. What is bad is trying to pass off someone else’s work as your own. Our goal here is to study the work of other artists, especially the masters, to study their techniques and then to apply them in our own unique way.

Because this particular study group is related to the subject of still life, we will accomplish this by either using our own still life objects to draw/paint/collage or by using one of the public domain photographs in the Elusive Muse Library. We will then study the work of other artists and apply their techniques to our own unique subject.

As we complete our pieces we will share them here and on the Facebook group; comment on what we liked or didn’t like, what was easier than we thought, what frustrated us and of course what we learned.

If you would like to join us but are not yet a member of our facebook group, click one of the links below to join us.

Public Domain Still Life References

Still Life Study Hall Blog Posts

Study Hall - Braque

Still Life Study Hall 01
Adventures in Still Life

Because we are currently studying still life drawings and paintings, we decided that it would be a perfect place for us to introduce our weekly art practice with you and welcome anyone that would like to join us in what we are calling "Study Hall."

Still Life Study Hall 02
Adventures in Still Life (Continued)

Who knew still life could be so much fun? Kim and I have continued to work on still life studies and as you can tell we have really been having fun. Below are are few of the pieces we have been working on, along with our thoughts on each piece.

Still Life Study Hall 03 – Still Life Success

This week we continued to work on still life. We both studied the inspiring work of Jim Dine. If you are not familiar with his work, he created a series of amazing charcoal drawings, exploring tools as the subject matter.

Thomas LaBadia - Color

Still Life Study Hall 04 – Exploring Color

This week we continued to work on still life, but this time with the addition of color. Thomas and I both enjoy working with color, both in graphic design and in art. Thomas has a great intuition for color, but for me, it has sometimes been…