6 Helpful Tips To Create A More Compelling Still Life
Choose Interesting Materials
ditch the glass cups and fruit; instead, look for odd trinkets, patterned milk-glassware, jewelry boxes, books, something textured, something fabric.
Choose objects of various sizes
several sizes create eye-catching arrangements
Arrange them in a way that creates directional flow
where will the items (and the way they're arranged) lead the viewer's eyes?
down and up?
in a zig-zag fashion?
check out this quick article on directional lines found on Mary Ann Pals, Fine Art Website.
Play with Perspective
perspective aids in the conflict of interest
Use a Strong Light Source
A strong light source creates strong contrast, bright highlights, and dark shadows.
Experiment with Color
when painting a still life, you can do your best to paint color as you see it, but let's say, for instance, that the colors of the objects you've chosen clash in an ugly manner; at that point, change the color of said objects to better match your color palette.
Instead of copying the color, you're copying and paying close attention to the transition of color.