When ever I am looking to shake things up
I did this in my studio last week
before I presented it to my class.
This exercise is a great way to help you think more abstractly.
The focus is on creating exciting design and composition
using just line and color.
No modeling. No light and shadow.
A simple set up on a low table
Outline the big shapes
Use flat, clean color to fill in the shapes,
making design decisions as you go.
In class we set up our own still life,
and did quick three value thumbnails
until we got a design we liked.
good old marker and paper
or Value Viewer on I Pad
Whatever it takes to get the job done!
(This gal did both!)
If you do all the work to build a strong design
ahead of time,
you can then just enjoy applying the paint!