Painting Webinar: VANITAS
LIVE on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 11 am Pacific.
The session's recording will be available anytime thereafter.
- 3-hour session (2h painting; 1h critique).
- Remote. Join from anywhere.
- Open to all abilities and experience.
- Guided instruction and feedback provided.
- Feature your artwork on our Roofless Gallery.
Inspiration video: https://youtu.be/efF3M0LxF1o
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Both video and audio for participants will be muted by default during the live webinar. You'll be able to view and listen to the presentation and interact via chat. The session will be recorded and up for replay anytime after the live webinar ends.
VANITAS - Collection Essay
In the 17th century, a dark genre of still-life painting flourished in Europe, especially the Netherlands. During a time of great prosperity and frequent war, these paintings, known as vanitas, were ripe with objects intended to symbolize life's transience, earthly pleasure's futility, and power and glory's meaningless pursuit.
Vanitas was expressed by artists using a variety of objects. Skulls, snuffed candles, and burnt lamps were some of the most obvious symbols of mortality. Another powerful nod to the fleeting nature of life came in the form of a clay pipe spewing smoke into the ether. Hourglasses, open pocket watches, and clocks reflected time's passing and scolded those who wasted it.
As we fast forward to 2022, we're dealing with a flurry of conflicts raging from all directions that are bordering on the existential, all happening as we face the most extreme wealth inequality in modern history.
We will paint a still life composed of elements, modern or traditional, that reflect the fragile nature of life: a wilted flower, a ripe fruit, a time-counting device.
- Painting premise: Still Life.
- Props: arrange a group of objects in a Vanitas style.
- Painting surface: any size, any kind. We recommend 9x12 or under.
- Painting webinar medium: oil over cotton paper. Feel free to select your media.