|Water Sol oils on linen mounted on door skin|
Over a year ago, when I saw a post of how Carol had set up her first still life box I decided to make one but but took a slightly different approach. I did not want any more equipment on the floor taking up space or something to trip over. I had a old TV wall mount that wasn't being used and decided to build my box with that in mind. As you can see it is made of plywood (had some old pieces around), has a closed back, one closed side, one half side and an open front. It swings so I can expose my subjects to natural light from the window or easily change the angle for viewing differently. Unlike the newer generation of TV mounts this older one does not go up or down. So to change the height of my subject I simply put a small pail in the box and cover with drapes. I use one large light and have 4 small lights each with different coloured bulbs.
|Home Depot Stand|
Different approaches - similar result.
I don't use the setup as much as I should. It is excellent for small still life exercises - working on shaping form etc. Had a fun day yesterday playing with a small panda that my wife brought back from China 20 years ago. Unfortunately, my drawing has made him more a teddy bear than a panda.
|Panda in progress|
|Examples of more traditional still life and setup|