Basics of Painting Still Life in Watercolor with Lisabeth Curnow



Basics of Painting Still Life in Watercolor, Lisabeth Curnow Artist/Instructor

$55 SAC Member/$165 Guest
Thursday, July 21st –  will be in the classroom 
9am to 4pm 
Have you admired still life paintings that feature realistic objects painted with watercolor and wondered how’d they do that? This workshop is for you. We will focus on light, composition, and shadow in an effort to create a successful still life painting. This workshop will include: demonstrations that are filled with helpful tips and insights, practice exercises to improve technique and skill, painting via direct observation for the best possible learning outcome, and FUN. There will be plenty of fun Beginner to intermediate water color artists are encouraged and welcome – some watercolor experience is recommended. Bring your watercolor supplies and sack lunch.
Instructor, Lisabeth Curnow is an award winning watercolor and plein air artist. She has participated in many competitions, plein air events ,and shows throughout the state of Michigan and mid-west.

Supply List for Watercolor

This list is just a suggestion to get you started. Buy the best quality your budget allows


A good starting point for paint is using a basic limited primary palette, one that includes one warm and one cool of each primary color.



Ultramarine or Cobalt (cool)

Cerulean, Prussian, or Turquoise (warm)

Alizarin Crimson or Rose Madder (cool)
Cadmium Red or Vermillion (warm)
Aureolin, Cad. Light, Lemon Yellow (cool)
Cad. Medium, Raw Sienna, Quin. Gold (warm)
Additional colors that are useful:

Sepia, Burnt Sienna, or Payne’s Gray



A couple of round brushes with a good point, in a medium and smaller size. Suggestion: Size 12 and Size 6A

flat brush at least 1 inch wide other brushes – detail/liner brush and a small flat hard bristled brush for scrubbing



My preference is Arches #140 Cold Press 100% rag in a block Paper is an investment, it can be pricey.

Use those Micheal’s coupons! Brands to consider: Arches, Strathmore, Bee, or Fabriano

Other supplies you’ll need:                

Palette with large area for mixing

Paper towel
Pencil/White rubber eraser
 Sponges  2 (yes 2) water containers
Supplies you will eventually want to try:
Reference photos
Masking fluid or packing tape
Exacto knife or embossing tool
Hard Board/tape for mounting paper

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