A Look at My Still Life Collection

An artist’s still life collection is a very precious thing. My personal collection has been years in the making. Here’s a look at some of the objects I’ve chosen to add to my still life collection over time.

You can see I have a lot of natural and earthy tones in my collection. I’m always on the lookout for something new to add, but when I do add something, I need to connect to that item on a deep level.

I’ve found that trusting my gut reactions when choosing objects leads to them all having a natural harmony and flow. I can set up hundreds of still life tableaus with them and still get excited every time I pick up an item.

Here are a few of my paintings, clearly using the same objects over and over, just switching up the textures and rhythms to create new compositions.

What kind of items do you like to incorporate into your still life artwork? It’s a good tip to always keep an eye out for items to add to your own collection—you never know where you might find inspiration!

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14 Responses to “A Look at My Still Life Collection”

  1. Eileen Bradsher

    How wonderful! Didn’t know there was an actual term for it . . . Now if I refer to my stuff as “My Still Life Collection “ people won’t refer to it as junk or trash. These are things that I have collected over the years that really mean something to me. I see now that as a whole, some of these would actually make beautiful paintings. I’ve never done still life before. Thanks for opening my eyes! Beautiful paintings by the way. Love your work 💕

  2. Cynthia Hubbard

    Lovely ideas, Katie, and thanks for sharing.

  3. Kathryn

    Inspiring collection, staging and art

  4. Anna Reyes

    I thoroughly enjoyed your collection. Very inspiring.

  5. Karen Gutfeld

    I love your paintings, and the choice of objects is excellent -- inspiring!

  6. Karen Honeycutt

    I love the pictures, especially the last one with the beautiful orange & white vase.

  7. Siekkurra Holloway

    Beautiful collection thank you for sharing!

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  9. Patsy

    I'm interested in this topic, but the images are too dark to see very well. Also, would like to have some comments on the items in the stash.

  10. Chantel Kruger