Sometimes in creating art, it’s the little things that can help make a big difference. This short video explains a few simple tips and tricks I use to help set up and light my still life paintings.

I learned how to properly set up and paint the ‘still life’ through trial and error. I hope my tips help give you a shortcut to successful paintings…
Here are the tips that are demonstrated in the video:
1. How to use Sculpey polymer clay to hold your props in place
2. How to use Sculpey polymer clay as a rough model to represent my birds in the still life to better understand the lighting for a believable painting.
3. How to light your still life set up with a spotlight.

4. How to use a piece of cardboard to help you adjust the lighting effects in your set up.

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