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It is a strange name for a blog post, what can I say, but you will understand soon.  When I was at art school, in my first year I started using jugs as my subject matter.  I started just drawing them, then one of my teachers, Neil, showed me some work by John Brack.  Brack used pencils in drawings and the pencils were like soldiers.  He suggested I use the jugs in a similar way.  I did many prints and drawings of jugs as soldiers.  I collected jugs and ended up with so many.  I still have lots of them.

I moved on, but I have always liked that idea of the jugs being something.  They aren’t soldiers to me anymore though.

Now I think of them as ducks.  Not all jugs are ducks, but these ones are.  Here is a still life of three jugs, but if you like they could also be “Ducks Socialising”.  Can you see them.  I really like the concept.  It has been gloomy week and my ducks are cheering me up as I look at them.

Can you see the ballerina’s from Swan Lake here.  Their arms are looped together and they are dancing across the table.

I have been collecting specific sugar bowls for this image for quite some time.  It may have worked more if they were all the same, but I don’t mind that they are all different, slightly different shapes and different patterns.  Maybe if they were all the same colour, but different shapes may work better.  That way they would be more like ballerinas, they wear the same thing, but they are all different.

I might start doing some more of these, along with the other still life’s that I want to do. I find still lifes quite a challenge, they probably appear easy, but there is a lot of planning involved.  I have to work out lighting, where I will do them.  What I want from the image, which backdrop will I use.  What camera settings to use, which lens.  It can take me a couple of days to plan it all.  Though once I make the decision that I am going to do a still life, the composition is usually something I’ve been working on in my head for a long time.

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