Still Life Painting in Oil
A Primer in Colour, Texture and Composition

Jane Lewis
September 19th 2008

Still life is the best arena to learn about colour, texture, and rendering in paint. “Rendering” in this case means making things look the way they truly do in nature. That is, ensuring that cloth looks like cloth, metal objects look metallic, paper like paper, and so on. So, in this workshop participants will work on one painting during the weekend, trying to bring it to a fully rendered finish. The classic layering technique taught in this workshop will allow participants to learn how to put a “high finish” on their paintings, somewhat in the manner of the Dutch masters. Important concepts, such as glazing and toning, will be introduced throughout the class, as well. Jane will do short demonstrations, usually in the mornings but also, as necessary, throughout the day. Most aspects of colour and many other technical questions about paint and materials will be discussed. Jane will provide criticism, instruction and encouragement both individually for each artist, and to the group, regularly throughout the workshop.

Jane Lewis, The Squirel 2003