Sylvia Trybek: Tavern Maid

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Video Length: 260 minutes


Sylvia Trybek is an award-winning artist specializing in representational painting including still lifes, landscapes, and figurative works.

Working alla prima from life is her preferred way of working. Strong composition, lively colors, and emphasis on solid drawing form a foundation of her painting, teaching style and philosophy.

Often an artist can hire models with interesting costumes to paint, but seldom do they come with period or interesting backgrounds. This program shows you how you can take photographs of interiors that you may have collected over the years and use them to provide interesting backdrops for the figures that you hire in your studio.


To that end, the artist paints the figure in this composition from life in the studio, and on a subsequent day, adds all the background interest from a photograph taken years prior. We think that this exercise is one of the best we have seen for showing how to eliminate the detail, and focus on the essential elements in the photo, to add depth and context to the painting of the model.

Trybek's international background has played an essential role in the development of her skills and in the evolution of her style. She grew up in Poland, received her formal art education in the U.S., and has traveled extensively in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lived and worked in France, Germany, England, and Thailand. Her early teachers, including professor Maciejewski of Gdansk, allowed her to develop strong drawing and composition skills. In the spirit of Renaissance, Trybek prepared herself for the career in arts by studying human anatomy at the Medical Academy in Gdansk - now she can see and analyze her models truly "inside-out". Trybek received Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Houston, Texas.

Before entirely dedicating herself to painting and teaching Trybek worked as a theatrical costume designer. She left her distinctive imprint on many opera and theater productions in the Houston area.

Today, the artist lives and works in Houston, Texas. She shows her paintings nationwide and is a sought after portrait artist. Her paintings have been exhibited at many national and regional art competitions earning top honors, including numerous best of show awards. She teaches portrait and still life painting in Houston, and frequently conducts workshops and demonstrations.

As a teacher, she is exceptional, and we believe that this video will be one of your favorites in your art library.


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