Modern Vanitas (Finished)

This is the final version of my modern vanitas painting – oil on canvas. I had originally wanted to add more dimension to leaves in the background, but decided to leave them more muted. I’m really happy about the way the nail polish spill and the sunglasses turned out.

ImageSunglasses detail: Image

Although it isn’t perfect, I learned a lot by making this painting, and overall, I like the way it turned out. I used to tell myself that if I wasn’t having fun painting, I shouldn’t be painting. However, taking this oil painting class has helped me realize that sometimes I need to challenge myself. Painting something difficult can be very rewarding. Even if painting doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t be discouraged! Happy painting!

Vanitas Stage 2

I’ve added leaves and some more dimension. Still a ways to go!

In Progress

This painting has been a struggle. But I had a real break through with the nail polish spill.

The Spill

Vanitas Stage 1

After sketching my still life several times in my sketch book I drew it on the canvas and filled in the colors.

Then I went in and added the pearls, gave the shapes more dimension, and added shadows.

I really struggled with the skull and the spill but I think the shadows turned out pretty well. I will be sure to keep posting my progress.

Vanitas Still Life: Set-up

I took an oil painting class last semester and we had to paint a vanitas still life. I made my own inspired by college life and this is my set-up:

Vanitas Still Life Set-up

The nail polish I bought ended up being spill proof so I had to use a picture from the internet for that part of the painting. This was challenging, but fun! I will post pictures of each step. I hope it inspires you!