Blue and white ceramics have been popular in many countries over hundreds of years and they make great subject matter for still life painting.
The Rose Apple tree grows in the warmer parts of Australia and produces beautiful flowers and fruit – great as a still life painting subject.
A series of photographs reveal the stages of a nasturtium painting on its journey to completion.
Bright mandarins smoulder against a deep blue background. This deep tonal contrast is a feature often seen in my still life paintings.
Nasturtiums are a joy to paint. Their happiness brightens up everyone’s mood. However the long, sinuous tendrils give an indication that there is a darker side to this innocent plant. These contradictions make for an interesting still life painting.
Colourful enamelware makes a great painting subject. First it has to be thoughtfully arranged and lit with a spotlight. Then comes the challenge of depicting the hard, bright, coloured surface of the metal.
Orange Trumpet vine flowers profusely in the heat of the Queensland summer. It clings tenaciously to the wooden fences in the older parts of Brisbane. The bright orange flowers make it a deight to paint.
Windows allow in the light, the breeze or just the view of the garden and thus are positive and life affirming. Paintings of windows channel all these positive vibes and are a source of great encouragement.
The large chalice-shaped solandra flowers make great subjects for sttill life painting. They grow well in sub-tropical Brisbane and paintings of them capture the essence of life in Queensland.
Artist Christine Atkins has many vividly- coloured coffee pots but tends to choose a quieter one for her still life paintings.