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Balboa Island Art Walk, Sunday, May 17th, 9am-5pm. I will be at my same location, 9 years (!), at Onyx Ave. I love this one-day show. Balboa Island, CA. Visit

Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach, CA. I'm thrilled to be a part of this great annual art event for the 2nd year! Opens June 26 - though August 30th.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Setting up a New Still Life

Items I gathered to create new still life setups

Here is a setup that I think has many wonderful elements. It should work well, composition and color....can't wait to paint this one! 

I paint from my own still life compositions.  I often gather many wonderful objects I've collected over the years.  I'll buy fruit, and or flowers, then spend a few days photographing the still life setups.  For convenience, and flexibility, I take pictures of my larger setups.  Since I have space restraints in my studio, it works well for me.  Sometimes I will have a strong idea of what items I want to bring together, or have a theme I want to work with.  Creating a good composition is the hard part.  It's one of the biggest challenges I continue to work through as an artist.  A few months ago I gathered items for new compositions.  I thought I would share some pictures with you.  You can see a little bit of my process.

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