The most important Art lesson you'll ever have!

Why is this your most important lesson?

Because it's a Still Life painting! All pro artists revisit still life paintings regularly because it enables them to sharpen their skills without worrying about complex compositions and shapes.

By simplifying the objects to one of Cezanne's Three Essential Shapes (the circle), we are able to focus on refining our appreciation of the interaction between light and objects.

These images give some insight into the "Painterly" approach as opposed to a "Drawerly" approach. We learn to resist the tempation to draw dozens of neat circles, which is what your "left-brain-abstracts codified at the age of 5" will tell you to do!

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Tonal Sketch
Loosely blocked.

Instead we look for the loosest possible way to describe edges, tones and hues, in full confidence that the end result will retain much more vitality and spirit than a dot-perfect rendering.

These are some behind-the-scenes shots of my lesson prep for Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt).

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Tonal Sketch
More colour added prior to glazing.

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Tonal Sketch
Using Cezanne's simplified shapes to find the rhythm and placement of the grapes.

This process can be quite frankly, pretty scary at first, and that's why my coaching sessions are designed to make you feel comfortable, as you explore your inner artist and "Perfect a Painterly way of Seeing"!