Learn to Paint Still life Vegetables, DVD Lessons

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Volume 24

Learn to Paint Still life Vegetables, DVD Lessons

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Learn to Paint Still life Vegetables, DVD Lessons

In this DVD, entitled Tomatoes, Peaches and Pepper, Hall introduces the eleven important foundation painting phases, such as “form light and shadow” that are the foundation of classical observational painting. Featured are three 8″x10″ demonstration painting lessons, including an elegant cluster of three ripe red tomatoes, a single yellow pepper with silver cup, along with a group of three luminous peaches resting on a blue cloth. Within the two-hour DVD are stunning close-up shots of Hall’s classical oil painting techniques and views of his studio as he discusses his paintings at different stages.  Hall often states” Squint and you will notice that the values of the cast shadows are often quite similar in value to the shadows of the forms! Share these values in your painting and your work will appear more naturalistic.” He teaches one how to arrange the foundation forms and composition, develop the background, painting the subtle reflective lights and striking highlights and details, along with how to soften and diffuse edges to create a sense of atmospheric realism.

Artist’s Notes

Surrounding Space: Background and Foreground

Once the basic forms in the composition are suggested with simplified spots of value, then general areas of color are indicated in both the foreground and background. I find that painting the background first helps define the forms and immediately adds a compelling sense of depth that assists with deciding how to paint the actual objects. My college students often ask me “Professor Groat, I want to paint the objects first instead.” I say, “Go ahead and try this out”, and most of the time they end up with a stiff looking, overly graphic piece. Through the years, I have discovered that having the students paint the background first, lends itself to a more naturalistic looking painting by forcing them study the surrounding space and objects equally, rather than perceiving the background as a mere backdrop that is painted in as an afterthought towards the end. Painting the negative space first also places focus on the contours of the forms through assisting the beginning student in addressing the quality of edges from the beginning. I have to admit, that once and a while I paint the objects before the background to mix things up and explore, however find that the other way usually lends itself to a more successful outcome.

Most classical work is based on dark against light values and striking warm and cool color relationships. The dramatic light and shadow patterns seen in my work are connected with what is defined as “Chiaroscuro”, which is a classical Italian term for “light-dark”. Chiaroscuro was invented during the 15th century Italian Renaissance, and perfected by the 16th century Baroque painters. Most of my still life work is based on bold dark and light patterns, and placing warm and cool tones side-by-side.

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Artist, Hall Groat II, Lenox, MA, Berkshires, Summer 2013

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