Today’s still life sketch – a pear!




Willem Claeszoon Heda

Today, rather than talk about my drawings, I’ll talk a bit about the work of someone else for a change.  That person is Willem Claeszoon Heda.

What was that?  You’ve never heard of him.  Compared to many other famous artists out there like Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt, he’s not one of the better known artists.

Willem Claeszoon Heda (1594-1680) was a Dutch artist who was best known for working exclusively in still life.  You can read more about him on Wikipedia.

His still life paintings are a sight to behold.

Breakfast with a Crab

“Breakfast with a Crab” by Willem Heda

If you’re into still life, Heda’s pieces are definitely worth studying.

He uses a wide range of ellipses in his work and check out that table cloth.  It looks quite realistic.  This is a good example to study of how to render cloth folds.


Another one of my still life drawings.



This was sketched with a flat sketching pencil, an HB pencil and a 2B pencil.

Blue Vase

Here’s another of my gouache paintings.


Blue Vase

"Blue Vase", Gouache on 12x16 in. paper


It’s amazing that I could get a number of different shades of blue by diluting the paint with opaque white.  Personally, I find this gouache painting one of my better still life works.

Lemon and Prunes

I have another painting for this week’s post.  This is one of my better gouache paintings from my summer class.

Lemon and Prunes

"Lemon and Prunes", Gouache on 12x16 in. paper

This works well.  I use abstraction here to define the shapes and the complements of purple and yellow work well to give a very pleasing visual.

Pepper and Vase

Today, I thought I’d share with you one of my paintings.  To improve my knowledge of color, I took a summer class in painting.  Why this instead of a color theory class?  It was because I wanted a more practical application as opposed to “theory”.  But I digress.

Pepper and Vase

"Pepper and Vase", Gouache on Aquabord, 10x14 in.

The piece you see here was one of the still lifes I painted.  This was a gouache painting class and I really learned so much from it.

Whereas everyone went towards realism, I leaned more to abstraction.  This was painted on Aquabord, a neat type of board made for watercolors.

Wedge of Cheese

This week, I just have another piece of practice here…or should I say, a piece of cheese.

Cheese Wedge

"Cheese wedge", Pencil on 8.5x11 in. paper

My lines are quite strong here.  The light and shadow is all right…it needs more work.  I drew this around the time I started lessons from the famous book by Dr. Betty Edwards known as Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.