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Foreground Focus: Painting the Table with Depth in a Still Life with Cornelia Hernes

Foreground Focus: Painting the Table with Depth in a Still Life
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Cornelia Hernes
Still life
Oil Paints
4h 55m 1s

In this lesson, instructor Cornelia Hernes will teach you how to intricately paint the table, a key foreground element in the still-life composition. You will delve into the nuances of texture and color variation, understanding how to bring out the rich details and linear accents of the table’s surface. By emphasizing the table’s significance in the composition, Cornelia will guide you in creating a hierarchy within the different objects, ensuring that each element contributes harmoniously to the overall composition.

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. This course is a continuation of Tina Orsolic’s “Introduction to Still-Life Painting I,” which can be found here. While it’s not mandatory to complete Course I, doing so will provide you with a stronger foundational understanding of this companion course.

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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