Final Sustained Saturday of Winter Term

There was a lot of energy in the studio yesterday for our final Sustained Saturday of the term. It was a rainy, grey day so the colourful still-life was all the more inspiring.

I presented very similar ideas to what we’ve been doing in our Tuesday classes lately. I started with a random preliminary wash of warm colours. This wash was done prior to any pencil drawing.

In the next step, I planned a bit with my 2B pencil. Then I developed this area of the composition, working from light to dark and trying to use a lot of gentle soft-edge transitions.

Later in the day, I called everyone over to discuss simplification of objects such as bowls, vases, jars and bottles, etc.

That was it for my demonstration. The group worked very hard and some even completed two paintings. We had a lot of fun during our critique.

Sustained Saturday Critique


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2 Responses to “Final Sustained Saturday of Winter Term”

  1. northpenninegallery Says:

    I’ve been showing your work to a friend who has a gallery in Teesdale. He was very impressed. I think this is stunning. The colours particularly in the bananas are incredible. The green in the second banana is just so good.

    • Barry Coombs Says:

      Maybe we should apply for a two-man show at the Teesdale gallery. Thanks, Keith. We discuss colour a lot in class and try to marry intensity with luminosity.

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