Academy of Realist Art

Still Life Painting Online


Still Life Painting Online


Direct painting is a synthesis of techniques that allows for efficiency of execution, but without compromising any of the principles of quality, craftsmanship, and draftsmanship.

In this instructional video, instructor Esteban Rodriguez will guide you through his personal step-by-step process of painting a still life in oils. His direct painting approach blends the layering and glazing methods used by most old masters with the modern alla prima style that features wet-into-wet paint application. Painting wet-into-wet allows for faster and more expressive results, while layering paint lean to fat creates a system and lends structure to the whole process.

In addition to looking at different aspects of light and painting in oils, one of the highlights of this video is the demonstration of how to approach painting different textures, such as glass, wood, and metal.

You’ll be able to follow Esteban’s approach to tackling a dense composition: what he chooses to paint first and what to leave for a later time. He also discusses how to see things in a very simple and abstract way early on, building up to the finest details.

Esteban’s still life composition is inspired by the 1930s Cuba, where rum cocktails represent the political climate of the island.

This video is broken into the following chapters, providing detailed instructions every step of the way:

  • Introduction and Materials
  • Dry Brush Drawing
  • Palette and Colour Mixing
  • Dead Colour
  • First Painting
  • Second Painting

This video is for anyone interested in developing their painting skills. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, amateur or professional artist, the results will be beyond your expectations. This is a lasting reference with 2 hours of footage that you will want to revisit again and again.

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