Studio Ideas



A delightful still life has been arranged in the corner of the Studio. You are asked to rearrange and choose your own items, and to decide your focal point.

Decide where your horizon line will be. 

Consider shadows/reflections/impression rather than detail/etc.

Viewfinders of various sizes and shapes have been left for you to experiment with, when thinking about your still life composition.

Composing with a Viewfinder

A viewfinder is a simple framing device.

Look at your subject through the opening with one eye closed.

The shape of the cutout should match your painting shape.

Make several different shapes before you decide on your composition.

Horizontal or vertical should be considered carefully.


Eliminates the need for preliminary sketches.

Helps to get the proportions between objects quickly.