Updated: Apr 2

Keep it simple and learn to paint by following the masters. Artists have been painting fruits and vegetables since the Ancient Greeks to stay sharp and demonstrate their skills. Follow along as artist Todd M. Casey demonstrates how to paint a basic still life from the first outlines to the final varnish using CCS Oil Painting Mediums and Lavender Damar Varnish:

Todd uses a neutral, brown color (sometimes called a grisaille) to define the abstract shape of the pepper. He uses a few lines to indicate the line of the shadow and where the stem connects to the fruit. He then goes right into oil painting with color!

Todd uses a light-red and a dark-red to define the light/shade of the fruit and a few light yellow accents to define the highlights. A light-purple and a dark-purple define the table-cloth and shadow cast by the fruit. A soft black tone sets the background apart from the foreground.

Todd continues painting by filling-in his preliminary drawing using these colors. His brushstrokes overlap to create soft transitions between the dramatic contrasts of the red, purple, and black. He carefully compares his painting to the still life in front of him; observation guides his brush. As he adds paint he carefully models his pepper to create the effect of volume by mimicking the transitions from light to dark that he observes in the real-life pepper set up in front of him.

Towards the end, Todd paints the green of the stem and makes some final adjustments to the painting by blending his brushstrokes while adding lighter and darker shades of red in order to further sculpt the pepper.

Todd also shows us how to varnish a still life using our Lavender Damar Varnish and one of our Nuovo Brushes. It's a very easy process, but painters be warned: oil paintings must be dry through-and-through before varnishing. That's why Todd demonstrates his technique using a study of a tomato that he painted a few months ago:

Just leave it to dry lying flat for a half-hour and voilà! The varnish really brings the deeper tones to life! A whole other level of depth is revealed after varnishing:

To see more of Todd M. Casey's work visit his site:

Or, follow him on Instagram: @toddmcasey

He's a master of still life and has an instructional book where you can learn many more secrets of still life painting.


MAX GINSBURG: Retrospective Artist Talk

Presented by Chelsea Classical Studio

Sunday, September 25, 2016: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Max Ginsburg will demonstrate painting from life with an accompanying talk and slide show. Max Ginsburg will discuss his work from 1956 to 2016, the process behind his multi-figure paintings, and the Social Realist themes throughout his life's work.


Since 1953, Max Ginsburg has exhibited extensively in public venues and galleries, won various awards, and his paintings are part of many museums and private collections. In the years 1980-2004, Max was a prominent illustrator for major publications. Long admired as a teacher, Max taught from 1960-1982 at H. S. Art & Design, 1984-2000 at the School of Visual Arts, 2008-present at the Art Students League and has conducted many workshops around the U.S. and abroad. In 2011 he published his book, Max Ginsburg – Retrospective.



Presented by Chelsea Classical Studio

Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 30, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20, 2016  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chelsea Classical Studio

Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. She studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christies Young Artist Exhibition and the Society of Portrait Painters. She was a semi finalist in 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received an honorable mention in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show and honorable mention for portraiture during Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition . Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US, including Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.


“I love working from life with direct observation because it is tangible and concrete. However, there is something that lies behind the obvious, a sense of mystery and wonder. Whether it is the model in the studio, a stream in woods or a crowded downtown scene, life has a sparkle and shimmer. I love connecting with that and trying to get an expression of it directly in my work. I am always searching for a quality of stillness in my work. There is a profound and serene joy that washes over when the boundary between subject and object is lost. My hope is that my viewers get a sense of this when looking at my work.”






526 West 26th Street, Studio #415, New York, NY, 10001


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