The whole is more than the sum of its parts ~ by Aristotle
In January I was looking to paint a still life that would challenge me technically as an artist, this one gave me just what I had hoped for and more. While painting this I had to remind myself not to get lost in the details, but remember the whole – what was I trying to convey. Aristotle’s quote spoke directly to me ~
Upside Down Sardines, an acrylic painting (7×5) was painted on Canson Foundation paper canvas using mainly Liquitex acrylics. It was the first time I painted fish so I had to manage the size of each sardine correctly and get the fish scales shiny and translucent so they were believable – my first set of challenges. Another was working the jar to show the glass reflections and transparency allowing the fish to show through. The napkin was another story entirely – lines, curves and shadows.
As I said, this painting gave me all the challenges I was looking for and then some. But was a great learning experience. Thanks for visiting ~
An image provided by a Russian photographer, Viacheslav (on pmp), was used as my inspiration. He has an impressive portfolio of photographs – Viacheslav is a genius in his creation of interesting still life’s.