from Frances Freyberg on October 2, 2021
Explore the landscape in watercolor by Palo Alto artist Steve Curl is the exhibition at the Portola Art Gallery in October. On Saturday, October 9th, there will be a reception for the artist from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Known locally for several years as the editorial cartoonist for the Palo Alto Daily News, Steve Curl is also an established watercolor artist and teacher. His paintings are inspired by his travels through California, Colorado, Yosemite National Park, and his local walks along the coast and in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
For the past 10 years, Steve’s paintings of Yosemite National Park have been included in the prestigious annual Yosemite Renaissance exhibit, where they are on display year round at the Yosemite Visitor Center Museum & Art Gallery.
“I love the simplicity and freshness of the watercolor,” says Steve. “It behaves like nature and uses the simplest of elements. It’s easy to transport and dries quickly, making it the perfect medium for travel and long hikes. The best pictures are often created quickly with a few simple, gestural brushstrokes instead of pecking around for a long time in the studio. It is not particularly forgiving, however, so you have to think ahead, be determined and try to hit it with the first color transitions. “
Having practiced the medium for more than 30 years, Steve also teaches watercolor painting at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, where he has had an enthusiastic student body since 1991.
Afternoon storm in the highlands (16 × 20 ″, watercolor) is one of the works of art presented.
The Portola Art Galley at the Allied Arts Guild (75 Arbor Road) is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.