I thought I would write this blog as it is another theme I have picked up on in my teaching experience, the obsession over the final piece. I think we all like the idea of working towards a finished developed piece of artwork and there is nothing wrong with this. It is just sometimes as beginners it might be better to approach smaller chunks at a time by doing several small things like sketching, drawing exercises and colour mixing, rather than being fixed to the idea that we have to complete final pieces and to perfection because this may not be realistic.
A word ‘still life’ means painting or drawing inanimate objects (things that are not living). Still life is often seen as dull, but it is important when you are learning to draw. I think still life is the best place to start if you are a beginner because the items don’t move and you have some choice of how difficult to make a still life.
There are all sorts of challenges in any still life such as shape, proportions, texture, viewpoints and you can draw from real life. Therefore still life is really good for developing observational drawing skills.