04. Still Life – Color


1. The same still life objects used in your Black & White still life
2. The same fabric back drop used in your Black & White still life
3. The same light source used in your Black & White still life
4. A 12″x16″ gesso-ed board
5. small container of medium (liquin or linseed oil)
6. container of cleaner (baby oil or odorless mineral spirits)
7. rag
8. all colors of your oil paints


The DRAWING is the most important part.
The 2nd most important part is the CONTRAST.
The 3rd most important part is COLOR.

Here are your steps:
1. tone the canvas
2. loose sketch with mineral spirits
3. put in blacks
4. then dark colors
5. then light colors
6. then highlights

— Mix your colors without black and white to avoid dulling the colors.
— Also, you will rarely use JUST white or JUST black – they will tak on warm/cool tones according to what is around them.
— Remember to paint the light.  For example, if you are painting an orange, avoid a hard edge on the orange – there should be an orange glow.
— Figure out which object will be your focus, and work on that, then secondary objects can be less defined.  Less defined means less highlight, they can fade into the background (you can add some background color to the object), color will be less bright/saturated,and the edges can be blurred).