Still Life Oil Painting Demonstration

About the Artist

83c124154a666f40949d4b3de69993ca.100.124David Gray (b. 1970) acquired a strong foundational education in art while obtaining his BFA from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. His art education has continued with independent and occasional formal studies in pictorial expression and oil painting. The resulting work reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the Classical Tradition in its craftsmanship.

David’s paintings have earned several national awards and his career has been covered by major art publications including Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector. David’s works are included in many discriminating private art collections throughout the United States and abroad.

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Still Life Painting Demonstration in Oils

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Vine charcoal. Just getting a feel for the shapes and where they go. I’m flying by the seat of my pants here by not taking a few careful measurements. My eye is still traveling all over the composition to see shape relationships… so in a way I am measuring, just in a different way.


After dusting off that first scribble I now block in the shapes more completely. I’m being fairly heavy handed here. Still eyeballing height and width relationships and how forms overlap.


This is an example of a positive shape. This is what we typically look for. Try to isolate this shape and duplicate it on your panel or canvas. I like to simplify my shapes into blocky forms using only straight lines.


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