Artwork Archive – Acrylic Still Life

Acrylic Still Life | Sandra Burns Art

This acrylic still life is from my artwork archive – in 1978! This was my very first, very large, acrylic still life painting.

But there are things I like and don’t like about it.

Artline Pen, Acrylic Paint and white Chinagraph pencil

Acrylic Still Life | Sandra Burns Art
Acrylic Still Life | Sandra Burns Art

This artwork holds sentimental value to me – being “my first”.

I love the subject matter. I love the composition of the artwork, and the colours used. I love the style of this art.

But I cringe when I look at that patchy background.

Do you see it the way I see it?

I will never throw out this piece of art. It holds a special place in my heart.

Our art teacher told us to give our art a name and a brief description. My 14-year-old mind came up with “Very Still” and “Dead tree growing out of a sewerage pipe”. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much as when I read that 40+ years later!

I think, if I was tasked with this today, I would name it something more romantic, like “Forgotten Dreams” and the description would be “Memories of what could have been”.

Art has always been in my veins, this was completed as a high school art project.

Tell me in the comments below if you like this artwork. What do you feel when you look at this scene?

What’s Next For This Acrylic Still Life?

For now, this piece goes back into my art folder. Despite what I like and and what I don’t like about this particular piece, I have a strong feeling that this is going to inspire some new artwork!

I had thought about taking a paint brush and trying to improve the areas I don’t like.

But then I think, why not just start over and create a whole new piece? A copy of this original. A new original artwork. So be on the lookout for Forgotten Dreams in a future blog post.

One thing I have learned from looking through my old artwork (my artwork archives), is I never should have stopped! 

Thanks for viewing my art.


-Sandra 🙂

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