It’s January, the weather is cold of course and I got to stay inside for the most part and I got some painting done. I worked on a new piece, a still life study of sorts with some pears and a cake tray. I think at this point I really enjoy doing still lifes because I can really practice trying to capture the light. Not that it’s elusive, it’s just there are so many elements to it. Not only are you painting the value, color, temperature, etc. of the light, you’re painting everything around it, because the objects and scene that you are looking at are affected and do affect each other, so you must capture everything correctly to make the still life similar if not exactly like what you are looking at.
One of my favorite still life painters is William Merritt Chase, an American 19th-century painter. His fish paintings are gorgeous, some of which (at least one that I can remember) are on view at the MFA in Boston.
He was able to capture the light simply. He also has inspired me to start a fish painting of sorts. I’ve attempted a lobster before, and would love to try again, but fish I have never tackled. (Pun somewhat intended.) Here is another Chase, as well as one each from Spanish painter Melendez and French painter Bazille. Will let you know when I start to try my hand at seafood!