Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Three

I simplified the still-life yesterday and tried to focus on two things. One was colour. The other was the spaces between the objects, sometimes called negative spaces. It’s important to make these areas interesting although, when we stare at the still-life, they may not seem to have much visual appeal.

In the demonstrations below, I’ve varied the negative areas using ‘soft-edge’ techniques.

Some of the students had trouble with the apples and were puzzled because they seem like fairly simple objects. It might be because they are so round, shiny and unblemished that any mark out of place seems to stand out. Either way, it was a good day and some of the less-experienced painters made real strides in their work.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique



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3 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Three”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I have always had trouble with apples. They look so beautiful but when you try to paint them they are so uniform that they seem boring. Varying the color and orientation helps. Also adding a leaf, if you can find an apple with a leaf still on it helps. Your students did very well with a surprisingly challenging subject.

  2. Carol King Says:

    I love how you set up these still lifes. I wonder why so many people paint pears rather than apples? Perhaps you are correct that the apple is smooth and perfect and pears are more imperfect.

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