Still Life Painting: Containers

Tonight I did a small and quick still life painting I’m calling “Containers”. This painting turned out rather well. The focus was just on the big broad shapes and I didn’t get too much into details, I think this is part of the strength of the painting.

Still Life Painting: Containers
Still Life Painting: Containers

There is something to be said for letting the viewer fill in the details. John Singer Sargent and a lot of his contemporaries knew this well. And I just read a quote from Harold Speed in his book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.

The fewer strokes of the brush you do your work with, the fresher the painting

I read this on James Gourney’s website, he’s doing a weekly series in which he reviews Harold Speed’s book. It’s very informative and reminds me that this is one book that is missing from my collection and I need to rectify it as soon as possible.

Still Life Painting: Containers, setup
Still Life Painting: Containers, subject

Session Details

  • Session: 1092
  • Work: 918
  • Width: 5"
  • Height: 7"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.25
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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