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Colour is the Subject

Your use of bold colours and dynamic brushstrokes has injected a fresh spark into the group's artistic endeavours. Your creativity is truly inspiring! Let's keep exploring new ideas and techniques to further elevate your already impressive artwork.

Still Life can be represented in various ways, including through the use of colour and a carefully orchestrated palette. For example, the sonorous possibilities of blue can be explored in a lively and animated painting, incorporating tones of ultramarine and aqua into a playful geometric design. Soft passages may be created with loose, almost aqueous strokes of oil paint, layered on top of each other to create depth and space. These can be juxtaposed with bolder, textural impasto strokes.

Patrick Heron, the subject of a previous Masterclass, was instrumental in popularising this style of painting during his time in St. Ives. He referred to the works created during this prolific period as an exploration of "space in colour," using interwoven passages of colour to create sensations of light and space on the canvas.

This approach led to international recognition for Heron as one of Britain's leading post-war abstract painters. Like Nicholson and Peter Lanyon, the "hard-won" surface was a vital ingredient in his practice, one that he would work and rework in layers, leaving behind ghostly layers to be built upon with fresh applications of paint.

If you are often stuck in a trap of copying what you see and creating lacklustre paintings of what can be photographed, it is worth considering that Heron's earlier works were figurative, often depicting views across St. Ives using bold lines and heightened colours.

Make Your Own Still Life

The past couple of years have been a challenge for everyone, but it's important to focus on the positive things that have helped us cope. We invite you to participate in a creative activity that involves creating a still life of three objects that represent the past year or have helped you get through it. This activity provides an opportunity to reflect on the good things that have happened and gives you a chance to create something unique.

Discover the beauty in the everyday by selecting three objects that hold significance to you and arranging them in a way that reflects your unique style. Whether you choose to stack, drape, hang, or scatter them, be sure to consider their size, shape, texture, and contrast between them.

Capture the essence of your still life by experimenting with light, shadow, and material before sketching, painting, or photographing it. This activity offers an opportunity to reflect on the positive aspects of the past year and the objects that have helped you cope with it.

Martin's still life design, created using a restricted palette, will inspire you to get started on your own painting. Don't forget to share your projects and stories, as well as your knowledge and inspiration with others. Together, let's create something beautiful.

About The Martin Kinnear Studio

The Martin Kinnear Studio provides meticulously structured, interactive live and online courses in the specialised field of oil painting. The studio is led by award-winning artist Martin Kinnear, who has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including a prestigious medal from the Paris Salon for his unparalleled skill and artistic vision. Through the courses offered by the Martin Kinnear Studio, students can expect to acquire a deep understanding and appreciation for the techniques and philosophies that underpin the art of oil painting, as well as to develop their own unique artistic voice and style. Whether they choose to participate in the live or online classes, students can rest assured that they will receive the highest level of instruction and guidance from a true master in the field.

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This sounds an exciting challenge. It will require a lot of thought and planning. Certainly something worthwhile.

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