• James MacDonald

Still life painting outdoors

This December I have brought still life painting outside, and I am painting rustic, characterful subjects that are important to me.


This painting, Firewood, portrays the wood chopping station at the cabin I was staying at on the west coast of Scotland. When I was chopping firewood I noticed the sculptural, colourful and tactile nature of the logs, and this inspired me to paint them. By including the Hults Bruks axe I used for splitting the logs, and the old wheel barrow used to relay the logs to the cabin, I completed the composition whilst keeping it completely genuine. Like all my paintings, I painted this from life, and my "studio" for this painting was outdoors, four meters from the wood chopping station.

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