still life (plural: still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which are either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc.).
With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Greco-Roman art, still-life painting emerged as a distinct genre and professional specialization in Western painting by the late 16th century, and has remained significant since then. One advantage of the still-life artform is that it allows an artist a lot of freedom to experiment with the arrangement of elements within a composition of a painting, drawing or print.
The term includes the painting of dead animals, especially game. Live ones are considered animal art. Because of the use of plants and animals as a subject, the still-life category also shares commonalities with zoological and especially botanical illustration.
Still life has occupied the lowest rung of the hierarchy of genres, but is extremely popular with buyers.
I have from time to time work with still life subjects but they are not my main interest. Often I do drawings or at times prints because I have not been able to get out to the landscapes near home for various reasons (time, weather, laziness).
Cold winter weather over the last few weeks has seen me begin a series of drawings of still lifes as they are easy to set up inside. As my work is mostly about the natural world I have continued in this vein choosing natural objects from my garden or from what my wife and I have collected in our travels.
All are drawn using fiber tipped pen, lead and coloured pencil. These are not for sale but my still life prints are from my online gallery by clicking HERE.
Here are a few examples.
Each are reduction lino prints.