Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Six

We started our Tuesday classes with a brief discussion of conical and cylindrical forms and how to treat their curved surfaces.

The sheet on the left shows how light and shadow can be used to make these objects appear rounded. However, it can be more difficult to understand the form if the top of the object is cropped, as it may be in some compositions.

Take a moment and block out the interior ellipse at the top of each object with your fingertip. The blue container probably looks the roundest of the three objects, mostly because the grooves in it provide the viewer with more visual information about the surface plane of the object. Stripes can also tell the viewer a lot about a surface plane.

The dollar store watering cans were the focus of our compositions. I’ve shown the three steps of my demonstration here.

In the first step, I identified three shapes of blue and painted them one at a time. The upper shape was the trickiest because I had to paint around the bumblebee. I prepared two values of the blue in my palette as well as a dark which was almost black. I tried to make the can a bit darker on the edges and I touched the ‘black’ in under the bee and flowers. All this was done wet-into-wet.

I completed the spout, handle and interior ellipse in the second step. The third step dealt with the surface decoration. The bumblebee was painted entirely yellow with a tiny bit of red touched in before allowing it to dry and adding the black.

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