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Playing with light

Light is a critical element of a still-life painting. Penny German shares her tips on setting up and lighting a still-life composition
Pakistani Plums in a Bowl, oil on panel, 221⁄2x161⁄2in (57x42cm) A photo box painted black on the inside makes for dramatic shadows

Still life, or the painting of inanimate objects, has been subject matter for painters throughout the centuries and has served many purposes including allegorical and religious symbolism as well as expressing wealth. It allows the painter more freedom in the composition of arrangements than with landscape and of course can be entirely studio based. As with most genres, for the painter, the subject matter of greatest importance is the light. In order to make a good still-life painting, the set-up (including the lighting) and composition is crucial. If these are not considered carefully and unhurriedly, the painting will be dull and not hold the viewer’s attention.

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Welcome to our December issue, packed with inspirational workshop-style features from our team of top professional artists and tutors. This month David Curtis demonstrates an oil painting of a corner of his garden, Graham Webber shows how to paint boats in the landscape, Judi Whitton shares her 'creepy crawly' drawing methods to help you produce unique sketches without a viewfinder and Penny German reveals her tips for setting up and lighting a still-life subject. Watercolourists will love learning how Claire Harkess paints her prizewinning wildlife paintings, and how to paint a successful botanical subject using just three primary colours following Jarnie Godwin's advice. Writer, broadcaster and painter Andrew Marr discusses his thoughts about abstraction with reference to the development of one of his own compositions, as well as much more to keep you inspired, informed and, of course, drawing and painting!
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