My Tutor, Leslie B. DeMille Paints A Still Life

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One evening we walked to the farm and selected some items for the still life. Back in the studio, Les showed us his method of cutting melons so they won't be perfect…a pocketknife! We had carte blanche to pull any item from the main house for his selection for the still life. Something hard, something soft, something metal, something shiny...then...


WOW! in a matter of a couple hours (3-4) we go from nothing to something!


It was a nice break from painting models. Never enough time, though...we would have all loved to paint a still life too...and maybe have something GREAT to show for all our effort. Painting from live models is a bit stressful...and he has 60 some odd years experience.

Lisa called dibs on the finished canvas before we could even draw straws or talk about it, or ANYTHING.

PS: Several years later, I found the photo I took of the setup and painted it in pastel. (to do this, you sit in the artist’s chair so you can get a similar viewpoinIt was juried into two international exhibitions.



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