2019 Studying with Paul Foxton

Posted on Categories:still life, Paul Foxton, Teachers
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Realism and Color

Once I began to feel a bit of confidence it was time to move on to really study with someone who knows the process of making fine realistic still life paintings.

Paul Foxton is just such a person. He’s also a wonderfully helpful teacher. He has a number of classes available. Joining them has been very helpful.

I began with his color course and graduated to Threads where I still study.

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Composition: Have a Concept for your Painting

Posted on Categories:Kelli Folsom, still life, Teachers

Know where you’re going at the beginning of the painting

My favorite artist, David A. Leffel expressed this as the idea of “Concept”.

  • Is your painting about Light, chiaroscuro. Understand the interplay of dark/light.
  • Is your painting about Movement. Understand placement of the still life objects in your setup. Understand how light moves through the setup.
  • Will your painting have “drama”? How will you create this drama?

That all sounds good, but how do we get there at all?

Kelli Folsom has been helping me to learn to be able to answer some of these questions.Last year I spent several months as a subscriber to monthly Vital Art Sessions. She is a very dedicated and inspiring teacher.

Even after I was no longer able to participate in that program, I periodically receive an email from her. Today I learned that she was sharing her new video. Today’s was exploring ways to setup/layout your paintings. .

She is glad for me to share it on this site.

I hope you get a lot of new information for it, too.


Please go here for more information on Kelli’s VAS subscription program: https://kellifolsom.com/page/13774/vitalart– sessions-monthly-video-subscription