Canvas: Landscape Part 2

Lead Instructor:  Ercole Pignatelli
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We will now develop some of the key components of our landscape including the olive tree, water troughs, and hedges.

Lesson Specs

Lesson Goals

  1. Understand the Course topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material


  1. Watch the Lesson
  2. Take notes on key aspects
  3. Bookmark key points in the Lesson
  4. Ask questions on the Forum
  5. Use Lesson resources to supplement your knowledge

Lesson Chapters

  1. Olive Tree
  2. Empty Water Trough and Sketching the Hedges
  3. The Base and the Soil
  4. Shade, Water Trough, and Hedge

Lead Instructor

Ercole Pignatelli

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Ercole Pignatelli was born in Lecce in 1935. As a small child he was fascinated by the delicate embroidery work of his grandmother Maria as well as by the collection of paintings of his grandfather, Ercole, a surgeon. He soon became fascinated by Art, in particular painting, and from his junior school days he began using oil colours: his first painting depicted trees reflected in a pond. At the age of eighteen he left Lecce, first for Rome before then settling in Milano. In 1954 he won the San Fedele Prize, presented by Carlo CarrĂ . In the same period he met his first gallerist, Carlo Cardazzo, who exhibited his work in Milan and in Venice. These first exhibitions were later followed by two Venice Biennale (1978 and 2011) and dozens of individual and collective exhibitions in Italy and around the world. The Maestro lives and works in Milano.


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Canvas: Base Part 2

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Canvas: Base Part 3

Continuing the still life painting, Master Ercole Pignatelli will detail the process of adding light and shadows. He will also demonstrate how to add reflections and volume to your subjects.

Canvas: Base Part 4

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Canvas: Base Part 5

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Canvas: Base Part 6

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Canvas: Mermaid Part 2

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Canvas: Mermaid Part 3

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Canvas: Mermaid Part 4

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Canvas: Mermaid Part 5

In this lesson we will continue to develop the mermaid’s face and the volume of her body.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 6

Master Ercole Pignatelli will focus on the waves and the horizon in our background.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 7

Here we will continue to detail the shape of the mermaid’s leg and side.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 8

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Canvas: Mermaid Part 9

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Canvas: Mermaid Part 10

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Canvas: Mermaid Part 11

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Canvas: Landscape Part 2

We will now develop some of the key components of our landscape including the olive tree, water troughs, and hedges.

Canvas: Landscape Part 3

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Canvas: Landscape Part 4

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Canvas: Landscape Part 5

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Canvas: Landscape Part 6

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Canvas: Landscape Part 7

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Canvas: Landscape Part 8

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Canvas: Landscape Part 9

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Canvas: Landscape Part 10

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Canvas: Nighttime Animal Part 6

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