X Marks the Still Life Materials

Don’t forget to engage in a little treasure-hunting within your own home and haunts before class tonight, Tuesday, March 1. Project 2 is sailing into action, and you will need to collect some materials.

Still Life Materials for Project 2

1. Three Objects (Minimum)

Project 2 involves painting the same still life several times in a variety of color palettes. Bring a selection of objects from which we can choose something workable.

Your objects should be:

  • a definite hue on the ROYGBIV spectrum. Avoid white, black, gray, brown and other muted colors.
  • relatively solid in terms of their coloration. Bringing objects with some variations is fine, but avoid anything that has complex patterns or too many colors.
  • portably sized. You will be moving these still lifes from place to place, so don’t pack your life-size figurine of Daryl Dixon. Items cantaloupe scale or smaller are appropriate.
  • durable enough to last for several weeks. You can bring a perishable item like a piece of fruit, but be aware that you may have to switch it out with something similar if it starts to go bad before the project is done.
  • interesting. You will be painting these objects multiple times, so don’t pack, say, a tennis ball if tennis balls trigger the snooze in you. Because, you will… you know… get bored.  Pick objects you are actually interested in exploring through paint.
  • but not TOO interesting. By that I mean don’t select crazy complex objects that will be so difficult to paint that it gets in the way of your exploration of color.


    What? I don’t see the problem… start painting!

2. Cloth

In addition to your minimum of three potential still life objects, bring a small piece of cloth or pieces of cloth in solid colors that contrast with the color of your still life objects. For example, if your still life objects are red and orange, pick a cloth in a color other than red and orange so you have some variety. If you are one of those nutty people who doesn’t happen to have cloth scraps folded neat and ready for just this purpose, then find something like an old t-shirt or dishtowel you can appropriate for a few weeks.

3. A Cardboard Box

Finally, you will need a cardboard box big enough to contain your set-up still life. Thus, it should have enough space to hang the piece of cloth and arrange the object(s) without crowding them too severely. We will be cutting a hole in these boxes, so don’t bring the one in which you were planning to build a diorama of the life-cycle of deep sea fishes. Of course, there is always this reuse…


P.S. We will be painting in class, and you will need at least your earth primaries (Indian Red, Yellow Ochre, Mars Black) and white.


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