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My Favorite Artists: Inspired by Chardin

Jean Siméon Chardin Pears Walnuts and Glass of Wine WGA04784I love Jean-Pierre Simeon Chardin (1699-1779), a French artist who painted beautiful, calm still-life paintings.  He was a recent favorite that we studied in class.  We gathered "Chardinesque" items, and set up a still-life inspired by Chardin.   At the beginning of each painting class, we spend 20-30 minutes creating a small color study/oil painting with a palette knife.  The painting above titled, Pears, Walnuts, Glass of Wine, by Chardin looks very inviting and peaceful.  Here is the still-life we were inspired to set-up--the objects, their arrangement, the composition and eye level a la Chardin.

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Our still-life:  Bread, Water, Artichoke and Radishes 

Here is the palette knife painting (5" x 5", oil on panel) that I completed in class and a quick graphite sketch. 

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Pencil Sketch Chardin Insp

Next time, would love to capture Chardin's diffused light, soft edges and beautiful gradations! Stay tuned for more inspirations from our favorite artists!


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