Still Life Class…

My definition of a still life is anything not moving which just about takes care of most subjects.

St. Francis Hotel, Santa Fe, was my reference photograph. It was actually taken from the sidewalk looking in but I visualized the waiting table from inside.

On Arches #140 paper, I decided on a a low key painting. Wanting the darks to stay as dark as possible it was necessary to paint on dry paper. I used every dark value on my palette….painting around whites and any value that would become a mid value. The shadows were painted at random thinking about shape not actual cast shadow. To finalize, negative darks were painted and calligraphy marks….this was fun and that’s what it’s all about.
The photos below were other’s having fun……or maybe not….

Brenda with one more stroke of green…

Diane’s brush with negative shape

Linda and Donnie comparing notes…

from the palette of Adriana…..