Karl Zipser has added a new section to his art blog called Follow the Painting, where he and the artist Hanneke van Oosterhout go through the different stages of creating a painting.
The tagline for the blog is “artwork that takes more than a day to make” which sounds like a dig at all the painting a day websites popping up (but I could be wrong of course.. maybe I should of asked first!). I was also going to mention a site that brought together a bunch of artists that are producing a painting a day to sell online, but I lost the link.
Update: Here’s that painting a day website, thanks to R. Chunn.
Anyway, Follow the Painting is a good place to see how a still life artist goes from choosing the subject, to the finished painting, and all the struggles in between. If a painting isn’t working or it works really well, you can also give feedback to the artist and Karl.
I love the art of still life painting too. It often gets looked upon as just a learning experience that you go through before you move onto more noble subjects like the nude or the landscape, but I think a good still life is equal to any nude, portrait, or landscape painting. Giorgio Morandi and Paul Cezanne are two artists that did a lot for still life painting.