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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.
This is the first step towards any watercolor painting you intend to paint. Before jumping into the fun and colorful segment of this art, you must first help yourself visually by drawing a visual reference known as a "configuration" to guide yourself.
After completing the initial thumbnail, you will then sketch the actual configuration using your thumbnail as a visual tool. Steve Curl explains the importance of perspective, asymmetry, and being attentive to details such as reflections.
Materials required for this lecture include HB or 2B pencil and a kneaded eraser.
Once the first sketch is completed, you will now take your brushes, paint, and other materials to start the best part: Painting! As Steve Curl guides you along this segment, watch and listen as he introduces the concept of mixing colors and applying both hard shadow and soft shadow to objects.
Materials featured (and mentioned): Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (sizes 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10), Paint: Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Orange, Ultramarine Deep, Cerulean Blue, Opera
Continuing to apply the shadows, Steve Curl brings edges into the demonstration. Using the darker colors on the palette along with smaller brushes, edges are important for separating elements within a painting and outlining each object and their shadows.
After applying the shadows, cleaning up the edges, and coloring in the wine, Steve Curl discusses the element of light and implements the balance of light onto the objects. Later, he adds a background element to bring more color and variation to the painting.
After allowing the paint to dry, Steve Curl puts some finalizing touches on this beautiful painting. It is important to observe his method upon finishing a work of art. Remember to stay vigilant towards the smallest details and not to worry about any mistake. After all, it takes time and effort to harness information and build off your own experience.
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