Setting up a still life properly can make the difference between your painting working out or being a disaster.
You know the feeling when you’re half way through a painting and it isn’t working out? Maybe it’s not the values, drawing or the colour – very likely it’s just that the set up was put together too quickly without a lot of thought.
Good still life paintings rely on the pattern of lights and darks, and you can create that before you even squeeze out any paint.
If it looks beautiful before you start painting, you have a much better chance of getting a beautiful painting when you’re finished.
In this video, I’m taking you step by step through how I set up and light a still life set up. There’s no guarantee the painting will work out, but spending some time at the beginning on this will at least give you a better chance!