Locking In, Blocking In

Painting Homework Due 02/15/17

Project 1… let’s do this!


It’s time to lock in that final composition, add it to your panel and—*gasp*—start painting. Complete steps below by our next class.

  1. Make any desired alterations to your drawing based on the feedback you received in class. Remember that composition factors strongly into your grade for this project (don’t believe me? Checky check the Project Guidelines). FYI: if you merely want to move items around you can cut and paste (digitally or physically). Upscaling can be done on a copier or by photographing/scanning your drawing, manipulating it in Photoshop (or similar) and printing the result (you will likely have to print on two halves and tape them together since most printers don’t go to the size of your panel).

  2. Transfer your still life drawing to your primed panel using charcoal coated paper.

  3. Complete a block in by painting a thin layer of color for every object plus the background. Yes, that means the whole panel will be covered. The colors you choose should be as close as you can reasonably get to the main color of whatever object or section you’re painting. However, don’t stress too much if you can’t yet get it perfect. That is to be expected at this point.

Oh, And…

In case you need technical reminders, I have created two tutorial posts:

One More Bit…

In addition to getting Project 1 good and underway, please take some time this week to find an image of a contemporary painting that treats still life symbolically (it doesn’t have to be autobiographical symbolism).

Although you may be able to find something through a standard Googling of that sh**, this particular task will likely be easier using Pinterest or searching relevant tags on Instagram and Tumblr.


Once you find an image, post it in a comment on this homework post along with the artists name, title of the work (if known) and date (if known). If you wish, provide a short explanation of why you chose the piece as an example of symbolic still life (spoiler alert: you will be asked in class). I have provided an example.

Until we next clap eyeballs on one another!



15 thoughts on “Locking In, Blocking In

  1. Still Life with Burning Flowers, (Offering), 2015. By David Ligare

    David Ligare paints with a strong Conceptual balance or foundation this piece and, he seeks out ancient ideas that are relevant to the modern world and paints them in a refined, elegant and luminous style.


  2. I chose this painting by Elizabeth Barlow because it stood out from the rest that I was seeing. The vivid colors against the white background really make this painting pop. This is a portrait of a chef that the artist knows. Knowing this is a portrait, assorted foods clearly represent someone who works with food. More specifically, the bowl of oil (possibly olive) tells us that this is a chef’s portrait rather than a farmer’s or produce manager’s portrait.

    I am on mobile and can’t add a photo, but I linked the Instagram post and will update with an attached photo when I get home.


  3. I like this still life because it’s contrasting coloring. It’s not very detailed, but the choice in color makes this more interesting than the many skull still life with dull colors.


  4. This still life, Vanitas, by Eva has me wondering if it is actually a photo. I found it searching images of symbolic still life paintings. So, since I cannot figure out how to delete a comment I’ll explain why I chose this picture. Eva makes jewelry. The pomegranate shaped pendant represents her actual pregnancy among the other fruits which are overripe and the fading flower petals. Vanitas are paintings that represent the ephemeral nature of life: the apple, pear, the pomegranate rich with the seed of life and hydrangea’s drying petals show the inevitable passing of life.


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