After spending a few weeks on larger paintings, I’m taking a breather and painting some simpler still life pieces. Wow, what a change of pace.

The key to success in anything is constantly working on your craft. Painting anything is an opportunity to improve, experiment and refine. I get squirrely when I’m away from the studio for to long. Being in the studio and painting makes me happy.

Below are some photos of my subjects and a shelf in my studio where three pieces in the works wait patiently for their turn at the easel.





  1. blog says:

    Hi! Christopher Stott,

    You used the word..Wow,..all I can say is Wow, too!
    When it comes to your 3 magnifique paintings!
    This may sound silly, but I can picture all 3 paintings in a nice eatery that serve wine (Personally, I’am teetotaler, but I can still imagine that scene..) and cheese, or in kitchen with white stuccos walls.
    Christopher, maybe you addressed this already, but why do you like to paint the pear or pears?
    and once again!…Thank-you! for sharing,your paintings and progression.
    Take care!
    Deedee ;-D

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks, Deedee!

    Why pears, you ask?

    Simply because pears are simply beautiful. They have a suggestion of a figure which adds life to the still life. Painting pears in groups makes them interact in different ways, gives a painting narrative and movement. They can peak around corners, hide in the shadows, lean on one-another, have some tension, “look” in opposite directions.

    They’re also such a great practice to paint, play with shadow and light.

    And if I really wanted to get deeper, then I’d suggest that the pear represents an appreciation of feminine wisdom. But that would start to get really boring and sound all academic, like a masters thesis.

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