Elemental Excellence: Refining the Soap Dish in the Composition

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    In this lesson, instructor Cornelia Hernes will guide you through the intricate process of painting the soap dish in her still-life composition. You will learn the technique of using transfer paper to accurately redraw and reinforce the shapes and contours of your artwork. As Cornelia delves into the details of the soap dish, she emphasizes the importance of always referring back to the larger elements previously painted, ensuring a cohesive and harmonious composition. By the end of this session, you will have honed your skills in painting specific objects while maintaining the overall lighting logic of the painting.

    This lesson belongs to the course, Introduction to Still-life Painting II. In this 15-week course, immerse yourself in the intricate world of still-life painting with a focus on observational techniques and composition. Guided by the expert hand of Cornelia Hernes, you’ll delve deep into the art of capturing still-life in its most vivid form. Starting with the basics of composition setup and brainstorming, Cornelia will introduce you to the nuances of color theory, the importance of lighting, and the role of texture in bringing objects to life. You’ll explore the significance of each element in a composition, learning to give each its due importance. The course will also cover advanced techniques like imprimatura, sight-size drawing methods, and the art of capturing transparency in objects like glass bottles. Cornelia’s hands-on approach ensures that by the end of the course, you’ll not only have a deep understanding of still-life painting but also the skills to create pieces that resonate with realism and depth.

    Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.

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