Still Life – It’s a Challenge
Producing a high quality realist painting is a true labour of love requiring many hours at the easel and endless patience. To achieve a high level of competency, realist artists need a disciplined approach and a devotion to the study of light, colour, perspective and composition. In the hands of a skilled artist, few styles can inspire us more than a beautifully executed still life.
Joan Denner is one such artist and it was great to see Joan’s oil painting “Lemons” selected as a prize winner in Australian Artist magazine’s recent Art Prize Challenge.
Lemons is a beautiful work. Joan’s skilful use of light and complimentary colours, particularly the lemon against the blue, is quite stunning. Careful attention to composition has resulted in a work where the viewer is constantly drawn back to the main point of interest, the lemons. The use of the curled lemon peel to enhance the focal point is further evidence of Joan’s wonderful skill.
Based in Melbourne, Joan is a member of the Peninsula Arts Society and the Mentone Mordiallic Art Society. Joan credits her skills to the study of the methods of the Old Masters and the influence of a number of excellent art teachers, including the late Marjorie Martin, a follower of the Max Meldrum School.
You can view a range of Joan’s wonderful paintings on the OzArt Finder website at www.ozartfinder.com/artists/joan-denner . Her oil painting ‘Composition with Grapes’ is a personal favourite and is another great example of Joan’s skilful use of space and light.
Still life painting is difficult and challenging but well worth the effort when the end result is outstanding works like those produced by Joan Denner.