{Art Inspiration} Still Life Paintings

Magnificent still life painting by Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin

Let’s explore inspiring classic still life paintings

with tranquil beauty and hushed color palettes

and allow their quiet beauty to work magic on

our souls, yes?

Slow inhale. The still life.

Gentle exhale. The still-er life.

Hmmm. I feel called to slow down,

and I guess I’m taking you all with me,

if that’s okay.

Please do visit this slow living ditty

 posted the other day if you missed

it since it is sort of a primer for

our journey into a slower lovelyland,

with more stillness and intentional living.

What makes it a still life?

It’s a work of art typically depicting common

objects of life such as fruit, flowers, vases, etc.

By the late 16th century, still life painting emerged

as a distinct painting genre, and today, still life

work can involve 3D mixed media, found objects,

video, and sound.

Art buyers LOVE still life, and is it any wonder?

The inanimate objects are frozen in time

and seem to whisper “look closer…look

at all the beauty hiding in the mundane.”

I have a background in psychology and

psychotherapy, so I see a paralell

between the popularity of still life

with art buyers and the habit of

Pinterest users to largely pin photos

without faces in them (unless the face

is say Channing Tatum)…we humans

seem to need to project ourselves

into the scene.

*removes psychotherapist hat*

Let’s get  lost in still life lovely…
  



Magnificent still life painting with copper pot and eggs by Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin

Magnificent still life painting with white bowl by Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin
Magnificent still life painting of silver pitcher and golden apples by Emil Carlsen Soren
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Emil Carlsen Soren

Magnificent still life painting with brass pot and blue bottles by Emil Carlsen Soren
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Emil Carlsen Soren

Beautiful still life painting with black cauldron and pottery by Emil Carlsen Soren
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Emil Carlsen Soren

Magnificent still life with brass pots by Emil Carlsen Soren
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Emil Carlsen Soren

Magnificent colorful still life painting with saint statue and colorful wall by Emil Carlsen Soren
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Emil Carlsen Soren

Magnificent still life of kitchen scene with brass teapot by Emil Carlsen Soren
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Emil Carlsen Soren

Magnificent still life with blue and white porcelain and teacups by Emil Carlsen Soren
Still Life Painting Inspiration: Emil Carlsen Soren

Magnificent still life with kitchen objects by William Merritt Chase
Still Life Painting Inspiration: William Merritt Chase

Magnificent still life with blue and white porcelain and kitchen objects by William Merritt Chase
Still Life Painting Inspiration: William Merritt Chase
Magnificent still life painting with books and kitchen objects by William Merritt Chase
Still Life Painting Inspiration: William Merritt Chase

Do you believe viewing art can be
healing or a spiritual practice?
I certainly do, and I need not understand the
mystery of how the healing comes, I only
need to be open to allow it in.

Thanks for reading, friend.

Peace to you right where you are.

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6 Comments

  1. May 28, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Love the Soren ones. Amazing that a brass object can look that real.

    • May 30, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      they're dreamy. thanks for reading, colleen. 🙂

  2. May 28, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I don't know if viewing art can be a healing or spiritual experience as I've never thought of it in that way… but I do remember feeling elevated after attending a Moran exhibit in a museum in Tulsa a few years ago. The massive canvases boggled my mind. How does an artist transfer what's in his eye or mind onto a wall sized canvas? I have no idea…. all I know is those paintings transported me to the location Moran painted.. oh! Is that the spirituality? The unexplained transport? The awe of it? Okay. Yes! It can be a spiritual experience. No doubt….

    • May 30, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      the mysterious transport indeed sounds spiritual to this spiritual thinker. 🙂

  3. May 30, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    There is something magical to me about still life pairings, I wonder about the setting, the artist what made them assemble each piece. Lovely post.

    • May 30, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      I hear you. why those objects and that particular moment? thanks for visiting, friend. xox

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