wildlife artist Laura Curtin

How to Paint a Tiger

I’ve been having a lot of fun painting vignettes of little pink elephants.  I am painting little pink elephants on black backgrounds in the water, on the trail, pushed along by Mom, on white canvas going to the beach, at the beach, playing in the water.  I’ve been very focused on elephants.  Sometimes I must take a break and paint FUR! …

Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Huntington Beach Library Exhibition

I had a wonderful opening for my one woman show “Stampede” this last Saturday, October 5th 2013 in The Corner Gallery at the Huntington Beach Central Library. The gallery is a beautiful room with two walls of floor to ceiling windows overlooking a plumeria garden, pond and a beautiful park. The light from the skylight inside the gallery lights up …

How to Paint... Planning

How to Paint… Planning

I know the title of this blog is how to paint… planning  but it’s really about how to keep painting when the plan goes badly.  I get an idea in my head for a new painting and it develops until I find source material to fit my idea.  When I started the pink elephant painting I had an idea of …

Wildlife Art & Photography by: Laura Curtin

How to Oil paint

How to Oil Paint? Practice. I know that’s not what you wanted to read but you know it’s true. While practice is important and the best way to get better at anything, specific instruction is also very helpful. I’ve been painting a long time and the lessons I’ve taken from other artists were very important. I learned what I like …

Wildlife Art & Photography by: Laura Curtin

Going on

The most important painting tip I’ve learned over the years is “Keep Going.” I am telling myself to keep going a lot with this new painting I’ve started. I wanted to paint something different, something I’ve never painted before. I decided on a desert tortoise. I found wonderful reference material. I can see the finished painting in my head and …