I can’t remember how exactly I stumbled into still life work, but I’ve been doing it for almost 2 years now and it’s not a direction I ever anticipated taking with my work. They started as studies, just something to get me used to painting with gouache, but now it’s something I put a lot of time and effort into and is something I really enjoy.
Lately I’ve really been struggling, mentally, with this, and my problem is -and I have no idea where I got this notion- that still life paintings are not “gallery art”; that they’re not “real art”; that they’re something to do while you’re waiting for your gigantic, elaborate figure paintings to dry. And it’s just not true, I know it’s not, but it doesn’t help stifle the doubt in my mind or the little voice telling me that it’s a waste of time.
So what I want to hear from you guys is:
To you, what makes a still life worth looking at? Is it subject matter? Technique? Color?
How do you pick what to put in your still life paintings?
How do you make a still life interesting and unique?
What are YOUR struggles with still life painting?