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Standard Grade Expressive Critical Essay Still Life Painting Unit If I were going to do a still life painting I would use objects from my sitting room such as ornaments, Russian dolls or plants. I would like to paint a still life of a glass bowl containing the marbles that we bought at The House of Marbles in Devon. I would properly use watercolour to help show the glass effect. I would paint it so the marbles were bigger than their actual life size so I could concentrate on each marble individually. I would find these interesting to paint because they all have different patterns and textures. Some are opaque with designs painted on and shiny tints added while others are transparent in different colours and sizes. Some are even translucent, which means they are opaque with a swirl in or have glitter inside or around them. To get this effect I would sprinkle some glitter into the wet paint or use some glittery paint on top of the coloured marbles. ...read more.


The painting I am going to write about is called "spring 1864" is painted on canvas with oil paint. The painting I am about to describe is called "spring 1864". The picture shows two small children, a boy and a girl lying in a grassy meadow beside a small river. In the background are lambs and a landscape containing fields, trees and mountains. I think the colours are muted slightly but not enough to dull or depress the picture. The painting looks quite real, almost like a photograph. It is very detailed and there are a lot of things round about the children, but the children still stay as the focus of the painting. This is because they are right in the centre at the front. The contrast between the dark and light tones is not very strong. William McTaggart has used small, delicate, neat brush strokes to get the effect of the string morning. ...read more.


between these two pictures Vincent Van Gogh's room in Arles is more successful because he manages to get across an energetic yet restful feeling. The colours in these paintings are very different. In Vincent Van Gogh's room the colours are very strong, bright and lively where as in William McTaggarts spring painting the colours are more muted and less energetic. The quality of the paint and the artist's brushwork are also very different. In Van Gogh's painting the paint is used looks rough but in McTaggarts painting the paint used appears smooth. Van Gogh has used very long, thick, neat strokes where as McTaggart has used tiny, neat, thin strokes. I don't think that there is an area in either picture that needs to be improved. I personally prefer William McTaggarts painting because just by looking at it you get a warm feeling of a spring morning. I think both artists may influence my painting. I like the way that the type of brush stokes and colours used can put across different feelings. ...read more.

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