Creating Drama to Still-Life Paintings

A finished painting with a mistake is hard to correct. Proper planning is very important in every painting that the artist will make. In painting a still life, the artists should have a great image in his/her mind the chosen subject right before the session start. To help you with, this articles aims to help you in how you will paint a dramatic still life painting, here are some few steps:

The tension in fine art

Like in all games, every play must have its player and same goes for still life paintings. Everything that included in the painting should have its story, just like watching a theater play to participate and connect with its audience. Right before the artist start to paint, he/she should arrange properly in his/her mind every single item that involves in his/her painting.

For an artist to create a painting with a drama there should be “tension” that can be manifested in the “players” or the items. To be able for the artist to produce tension, he/she can use the opposing textures, colors and shapes to keep the eye moving around the image.

The Story behind the painting

After creating a tension of the painting, the artist should also include the dialog of each “player”.

Take for example a teapot that has been placed in a way that is pointing at the spilled pot. The positioning of these items can manipulate the viewer to imagine what may have happened in the story that the painting is trying to tell. Although the viewers may not really interpret the real story or what the artists wanted to tell, they are still communicating with the painting that is very much important.

To create a communication between the painting and the viewer, the artist must play with their still life objects like as if they are playing with dolls. Producing a communication with the pieces will give your painting life and drama on its own.

Contrasting Colors

Another way to create a tension in your painting is through the color contrast of your art piece. To achieve this, the artists should use colors on opposite sides of the color wheel or by using a light color next to a dark color.

Combining all these elements to create a drama

For the artist to create these drama, ask yourself first before you begin painting your still life art piece.

  1. What hues could give a great impact to the painting?
  2. Should I darken or lighten the background to improve the contrast with the objects?
  3. What should I do to be able the “players” interacts more with the viewers?
  4. Is the painting has a story to tell?

The dramatic look on every still life paintings give more impact to its audience, this way your viewer can interact with your art piece easily. You can also apply these tips in doing your contemporary painting or abstract painting. Though your viewer may not interpret what you really want them to understand, they will still have an interaction with your abstract art piece, which is worthy goal!

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