Monday, November 23, 2015

Thoughts about Still Life

"Stop thinking about artwork as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. That solves a lot of problems: we don't have to argue whether photographs are art; or whether performances are art or whether Carl Ander's bricks or Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally' are art, because we say, 'Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality and all sorts of things can make it happen'... [w]hat makes a work of art 'good' for you is not something that is already 'inside' it, but somethings that happens inside you - so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art." -Brian Eno

Why do artists paint still life? Examples and explanation

Art Otter says Still Life is not Boring

What are your thoughts/experiences with still life as an artist or as an appreciator of art?


  1. I am a plein air lover, but an occasional still-life is a fun treat too!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Joan.
      I, too, love painting and sketching on location.
      As the "dark season" begins here in the PNW, I know I always have the option to control my light and color options with still life.
      Experiences like sipping a cup of coffee or tea can be captured very nicely with a sketch. :)