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Summary & Preview
Through teaching a still-life painting step-by-step, this 2-Time Teacher Of The Year shows you everything you need to know to paint tricky things such as:
Let the teacher take the difficulty out of the painting with easy-to-follow instructions, constant encouragement, and a great sense of humor.
Steve Curl walks you through the importance of using a visual reference like a photograph or your own eyes on location before beginning your initial composition. Steve uses a stock photo of snowy trees at Yosemite for this demonstration.
Brushes: Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 4 and 8)
Now that the tree sketches are complete, Steve begins mixing different green paint and blue paint to fill the tree steadily. He follows through with adding a sky resulting from combining Cerulean Blue and Manganese Blue Nova; which also are used to create the angled shadow of the tree.
Steve continues his demonstration by starting his sketch work on a shrubbery bush accompanied by trees in the background. He emphasizes "asymmetrical balance".
Once the sketch is complete with the various sizes of trees and a few branches within the bush, Steve darkens the lower part of the bush to give it a shadow, and the key term "negative space" is introduced and applied.
Steve concludes this demonstration by adding light and shadow details to help separate the trees and the bush and reemphasizing the importance of observing the different colors and shadows of snowy trees in real life.
Steve Curl is a rare individual; he's both an award-winning artist and an award-winning instructor who trained in art school years ago. He loves being outdoors painting landscapes and seascapes inspired by his travels. He regularly teaches in Palo Alto and Yosemite.
Best In Show, "Landscapes & Seascapes" Pacific Art League of Palo Alto 2003
Featured Exhibit, Annual Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition 2009, 2010
Featured Exhibit, “The Light Of Landscape In Watercolor”, Portola Art Gallery
Teacher Of The Year (Twice), Pacific Art League of Palo Alto