I love Jean-Pierre Simeon Chardin (1699-1779), a French artist who painted beautiful, calm still-life paintings. He was a recent favorite that we studied in class. We gathered "Chardinesque" items, and set up a still-life inspired by Chardin. At the beginning of each painting class, we spend 20-30 minutes creating a small color study/oil painting with a palette knife. The painting above titled, Pears, Walnuts, Glass of Wine, by Chardin looks very inviting and peaceful. Here is the still-life we were inspired to set-up--the objects, their arrangement, the composition and eye level a la Chardin.
Our still-life: Bread, Water, Artichoke and Radishes
Here is the palette knife painting (5" x 5", oil on panel) that I completed in class and a quick graphite sketch.
Next time, would love to capture Chardin's diffused light, soft edges and beautiful gradations! Stay tuned for more inspirations from our favorite artists!