Paint an expressive still life in acrylics

Still life isn’t everybody’s cup of tea – it takes a certain set of painting techniques – but for me it's always been a favourite. I like having complete control over the colours and style of the setup, the objects, drapes and the way they all work together.

Flowers from the garden are a must, and in this painting the retro coffee pot and cups really set the colour and tone. I take my time to get the setup just right. I am aiming for a very relaxed painting, without lots of detail but hopefully with lots of life and energy.

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Sylvia exhibits in galleries throughout the UK and her work has been shown in many exhibitions including at the RA Summer Show. She has also had two exhibitions in Japan.