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Level Two Painting Your subject matter choices will be ; Still life Local Environment People You will need to choose one theme, artist models to match and pictorial concerns. This slide show will give you some ideas from traditional art practice and contemporary art.
Still life A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).
Still life traditional These images were painted a long time ago. The themes explored include the passing of time and how all things are impermanent.
Landscape art is a term that covers the depiction of natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition.
The two main traditions spring from Western and Chinese art going back well over a thousand years in both cases.
Environments have changed radically over the last few centuries and now city scapes are part of the landscape genre.
Local Environment, Traditional These images were painted to record cities and the land as photography had not been invented yet. Landscape was also painted to show the beauty of God’s creation.
A Portrait is an artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality and even the mood of the person. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.
The depiction of the human form was used in many Christian art works. Here we see Mary, Jesus and John the Baptist.
Other reasons to paint people was to record V.I.Ps such as Kings, Popes and landowners. Here we see Napoleon who led the French as Emperor.