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Still Life Painting

Discover representational still life paintings (including advice for painting) through interviews and features on contemporary artists.

In this interview with Eric Rhoads, artist and educator Mandy Theis walks us through her steps for painting a beautiful still life in just an hour. Watch or follow along!
Scott Fraser address the challenges of being a realist painter trying to create something new and relevant in the 21st century.
Learn what inspires watercolor artist Birgit O'Connor, as well as the most common mistake she sees beginners make, the first thing they should invest in, and more.
"Standing before a painting can become more like stepping outside and looking up at the sky at night," says Paul Rosiak, "as your eyes slowly acclimate, a world emerges."
See how a painting that includes leaves, crystal, and some unexpected challenges comes to fruition, step by step.
Take a journey with Lorena Kloosterboer, who takes you through her creative process, from the inception to the completion of a still life painting.
Laurin McCracken is a realist watercolorist whose work is largely influenced by the Dutch and Flemish still life painters of the 16th and 17th centuries. In this guest blog post, he takes us into his process for painting: "It is like a very good novel; you want it to go on forever."
Fascinated with the beauty of birds in both life and death, this artist shares an essay on the "how" and "why" of her nature morte paintings.
Inspired by a symbolic circle of life, Soon Y. Warren shares why and how she paints sunflowers using watercolor. Bonus: View her realistic still lifes that show a mastery of painting crystal.
While drafting tape looks, at first glance, to be a lot like masking tape, there are some fundamental differences you should be aware of. Read on to see more from Laurin McCracken on this common watercolor painting technique.
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