Watercolor paintings by Steve Curl are featured at Portola Art Gallery in October

by Frances Freyberg on October 2, 2021

Exploring the Landscape in Watercolor by Palo Alto artist Steve Curl is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in October. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, October 9, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Locally known for several years as the editorial cartoonist for the Palo Alto Daily News, Steve Curl is also a well-established watercolor artist and teacher. His paintings are inspired by his travels throughout California, Colorado, Yosemite National Park, and his local hikes at the coast and in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

For the past 10 years, Steve’s paintings of Yosemite National Park have been accepted into the prestigious annual Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition, where they are on display all year in the Yosemite Visitor Center Museum & Art Gallery.

“I love the simplicity and freshness of watercolor,” says Steve. “It behaves in the same way that nature does, using the simplest of elements. It is easily portable and dries quickly, so it is the perfect medium to take on travels and extended hikes. Often times, the best paintings are produced quickly with a few simple, gestural brush strokes, rather than extended picking away in the studio. It is not particularly forgiving, however, so you have to think ahead, be decisive and try to nail it on the first passes of color.”

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 following of students since 1991.

Afternoon Storm in the High Country (16×20″, watercolor) is one of the featured artworks.

The Portola Art Galley, located in the Allied Arts Guild (75 Arbor Road) is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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