Creating a great still life painting often occurs before you’ve even picked up the brush.
In this part of Setting up a Still Life series, we’re going to look at using natural light, whilst also considering the incremental changes in the actual composition of the piece.
In Part 1 we looked at how to master the basic features of your digital camera so you can emulate how your eyes see things in nature, to give you fantastic reference photographs for your still life painting.
Once you understand how to get the depth of field and exposure that you are after, the next thing to consider is the lighting.
I happened to be chatting with my sister about my new Still Life Painting Course on Reflections, when she asked: “Are you going to paint a really hard subject like a glass of water?”
Interestingly, I had overlooked how the ability to paint transparent liquid and glass can seem very impressive – when in fact, with the right image – it’s very simple.
And if you’ve got the right set up, it can be really easy to achieve.
So inspired by this, we’re going to arrange a simple glass of water and next week…paint it…