Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight

It was a grey winter day in Toronto yesterday so a colourful still-life was welcome. Especially, after the cardboard boxes from last week although most of the students enjoyed the novelty of the subject.

Tuesday AM Demo

I discussed colour, pace and risk-taking. My demonstrations took approximately 30 minutes to complete so I was working very quickly. This could be considered a watercolour sketch. Sometimes, it works as a finished effort. It could also be a ‘warmup’ painting before tackling a sustained piece.

This rapidly painted image is a bit messy in places. A fair bit of paper-white has been left. The red bleeding into the yellow object is not something that every watercolourist can accept. However, for all it’s little problems, it is fresh and immediate.

Tuesday PM Demo

These are small paintings, about 7 x 7″, done on cold press paper. I worked wet onto dry paper. The pencil drawing was used to place the shapes but was not too refined. The edges are untaped. The formality of a careful, precise preliminary drawing and neatly taped edges does not encourage spontaneity and pace.

Personal temperament has a huge impact on our watercolour paintings. I tend to be a fairly neat painter so I always try to make time for some fast-paced work and it inevitably feeds my more sustained stuff in a very positive way.

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One Response to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Your demos are very enjoyable. I love the happy accidents and the loose nature. I think there is a place for both styles in my world.

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