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How Beginners Can Compose & Paint A “Non-Boring” Still-Life

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Learn from the award-winning painter, Steve Curl, on how to paint a still-life painting from scratch. In this virtual watercolor class, he uses 2 simple objects to help you compose an interesting still-life: a glass of wine with all its reflections and refractions, and a textured, shiny lemon. Want to watch the video version? This tutorial is also available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Class:

  • A glass of red wine and a lemon
  • A block of Arches cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 6″ x 9″)
  • HB or 2B pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • A container of water
  • A towel or rag to rest brushes on
  • Tissue or paper towel

Paints (Holbein Artist’s Watercolors)

  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Aureolin
  • Cadmium Yellow Orange
  • Cadmium Red Deep
  • Opera
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Mineral Violet
  • Ultramarine Deep
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Peacock Blue
  • Sap Green
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Vandyke Brown
  • Payne’s Grey

Brushes

  • Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 10)
  • Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 4)