"Heritage Still Life" by Matthew Bird

“Heritage Still Life”
Transparent watercolor on paper

28 x 22 in.


About the painting:

I was staying with my aunt and uncle, while traveling out of state working on a series of figure paintings. While there, I noticed his bagpipes propped against a wall and was immediately inspired to do a still life painting. I began setting up an interesting composition, added the family tartan, some single malt scotch, and soon knew I had something special: a Heritage Still Life.

My medium of choice is transparent watercolor; it has qualities that interest and challenge me as an artist. Without the use white paint, which is opaque, the white of the paper must be carefully preserved for the highlights, as the areas adjacent are built up.

In this way, watercolor captures light. Edgar Whitney said, “White paper showing through a transparent wash is the closest approximation to light in all the media, and light is the loveliest thing that exists.” I tend to agree.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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