The Painting Process and the Still Life

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.

still life 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.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. You are correct that the tagline contains a reference to “painting a day” websites, but it is not intended to be negative in tone. The idea is that certain kinds of paintings cannot be made in one day, so it makes sense to “follow” them through stages over days. Readers’ comments have already had a positive influence on Hanneke’s work.

    Follow the Painting is not only for Hanneke van Oosterhout’s work, or for still-life alone. That’s just how we got started. It would be fun to follow the work of other artists as well, and other genres. As you mention, the site is not intended for praise only, but also for constructive criticism.

    Of course, I’d encourage other artists to do this independently on their own blogs as well. I can say it is a great deal of fun. It would be nice to be able to link to other relevant sites from Follow the Painting.

  2. Here’s that lost link to the Daily Painters Blog:

  3. Thanks R. Chunn, that’s the link I was thinking of.


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