Step 1: Set up your still life objects & make sure you've got some dramatic lighting going on. I cannot stress enough how important lighting is to the mood & form of a piece.
I used to be involved in a painting group that met every Monday at Wild Goose Creative's space here in town. The group met for a little over two years & then I had to stop because my life was running on too many commitments. These photos are from a still life instructional demonstration I gave at the beginning of one of the meetings. Thought I'd share-
Step 2: Make a little viewfinder with a piece of paper by cutting a hole at the same proportion as your canvas.
Step 3: Move the view finder around to do a few compositional sketches/crops.Step 4: Choose a composition & get the drawing down. (My husband was kind enough to point out to me that I'm a mouth breather when I concentrate. The above picture is evidence of this horrid habit. Does anyones else suffer from this affliction? I have tried to stop but sometimes when I'm in the moment I don't even know I'm doing it...)
Step 5: How detailed the drawing gets is up to the artist. I like to just block in simple shapes & then do the rest w/ paint.
Step 6: Paint away! I start w/ my largest brush & end w/ my smallest, meaning block in big shapes first, work to keep the entire canvas at the same level of completion and don't get into details until the very end.