Still Life with Coral and Lantern

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nautical still life painting
© Copyright 2004 – Present

Size: 14″ w x 11″ h
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A nautical themed still life painting with some coral and a lantern with a candle sitting on a round pink marble table. This work of art is composed on a quality stretched canvas and will need a frame before hanging on the wall.

Not to scale

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Artist Comments

Artists will often use reference photos to compose their paintings from. Sometimes they will create their composition from only one photo and at other times several photos are used. There’s nothing wrong with painting from photos, artist do it all the time.

This still life painting is a combination of several such reference  photographs which depicted the nautical elements I wanted to portray in my painting. One of those elements was coral. Coral can be found in so many different shapes, sizes and colors. Although, pinks and reds are the most common colors. They are tiny sea creatures which live in the ocean in large colonies that look like plants. They will live all of their adult lives in one place and prefer the places where the water is warmer. When they die their skeletons form a hard stony substance also called coral. Large deposits of coral often accumulate to form reefs or islands.

I had never used coral in a painting before, so as I considered painting a still life with a nautical theme, I felt it would be very interesting to include some coral in this one. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I especially like the nautical lantern to finish out this marine themed still life.

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