Tuesday 6 January 2015

Still Life - Study of forms

Still life helps an artist to study different forms in various compositions. It also aids in the understanding of colours, tones and depth. I prefer still life to study forms and understand how a medium behaves on a support. Periodically executing still life paintings helps to improve one’s drawing and painting skills.

Still Life - Study of Forms 1: Charcoal on textured paper - 10" x 13.5" (2000)
Still Life – Study of Forms 1: I have arranged different geometrical forms on a table with the source of light on the left, and painted the composition using charcoal pencil on textured paper. I have used a fixative to preserve my work, which is more than a decade old. Charcoal is a versatile medium that allows you to build the tones and bring about subtle differences in tonal value effectively.

Still Life with Drapery - Pencil on paper - 11" x 14" (2001)
Still life with drapery: I have arranged a few commonplace objects against a drapery to study the forms, light and shade. This still life was executed with pencil on paper nearly fourteen years ago. I have smudged the carbon in some areas to enhance the tonal value.

Still Life - Study of Forms 2:  Acrylic on paper - 10" x 14" (2002)
Still Life – Study of Forms 2: This is a study of various geometrical forms using acrylic paint. Though the forms are executed with black (monochrome), I have used colours for the background to enhance the effect. Thin washes of acrylic paint are applied using in ‘dry on dry’ technique to create this work. 

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