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The classical indirect method makes it possible to paint realistic still life by separating all the different elements of creating into individual steps.  Drawing and composition, capturing correct value, and layering color are broken down so the painting evolves in a logical and easy to understand sequence.  In my classes we practice glazing to create rich color in a still life.  Learning about color and the properties of different oil paints, whether transparent or opaque, also aids the artist in achieving realistic effects and a luminous depth that cannot be attained in direct painting.  Join me as I share the modern materials and 21st century approach I use to create glowing paintings, and technique I've developed over almost two decades of painting experience in this style. I am greatly inspired by the time tested indirect method practiced by Flemish and Venetian Old masters and lessons include history on oil painting materials and technique. 




Click below for an in depth look at the instruction and student feedback.

Reflections on teaching by Sarah Siltala

"Sarah is a wonderful teacher.  She is perceptive, thoughtful and thorough.  Sarah shows concern for me as an individual artist and person. She is very knowledgeable in the techniques involved in Classical Realism and takes time to explain step by step and critique in a methodical and direct way that helps the student to understand what it takes to improve. Sarah introduces new exciting ways to improve drawing skills which she explains are so very important to the painting's outcome. I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone who is interested in improving their knowledge and skills as an artist."  Diane

Tuesday evenings

Classical Still Life in Oil

New Mexico Art League

September 7th, 2021

5:30-8:30 p.m.


In this class you will practice the beginning steps of layering oil paint and glazing to create glowing, harmonious color in a still life.


Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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