The "STILL LIFE" - Paint Small - Learn Big..!

Don Milner still life oil painting “Everone’s Favorite”

The Still Life is a genre that can be seen as a mini landscape and a stage on which one can play out an event or scenario which in turn gives reason to engage the imagination and gets you involved in the subject. You can create a story around a still life by imposing character roles onto the elements within the scene. Character that can almost be human like as they interrelate with each other and make your role as an artist and interpreter much more interesting and inspired.


Still Life classes available for Acrylics, Oil, Pastel and Drawing

* Still Life workshops are individually tailored to suit student skill levels.
Beginner and Introductory: (Artists wanting to learn how to paint and draw for the first time)
Intermediate and Advanced: (Artists who already paint and draw, but want to learn more to improve their painting and drawing skills, their techniques and overall knowledge)

Glass surfaces can add new interest and dimension to any painting or drawing and the Still Life is a great forum to showcase this unique subject. Usually found in bottles or glasses, but there are many other subject possibilities to be found containing glass.

When painted or drawn well, the effects can create a WOW factor that grabs and holds the viewer's attention as they are drawn into the transparent surface. It creates depth and great visual interest.

Don Milner acrylic flower painting “Poppies”

Shimmering metallic surfaces always add a wow factor to paintings and drawings. If you have ever been walking through an art museum or gallery, we tend to pay special attention to works depicting a flash of gold, silver or other metal.

However, careful inspection of the effect, shows that the transparent surface, reflective gleam and sparkle usually results from a simple use of colours and tones and the considered placement of shadows and highlights.



    “...If you are going to succeed in art, you must be introduced to Still Life before turning to landscape painting. It is an old school of thought, but a very good one, and all the old Masters adhered to it.”

    by Hal Barton