Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Four

Your eyes are not deceiving you. It’s a bunch of bowls. After our review of cubic forms last week I thought we’d do one on ellipses. We discussed some basic guidelines for drawing ellipses.

An ellipse is a circle in perspective. If the ends are pointy, like a football (Canadian or American football, not a soccer ball), it’s not a true ellipse. The same goes if it’s ends are too squarish, like a cigar. Many students make their ellipses too deep, as if they are standing over the bowl and looking down into it. Or it looks like it is tilted towards us (I know. It was good enough for Cezanne. Why not me?). To avoid this, care must be taken to study the minor axis of the ellipse. Is it as big as you think it is? The closer it is to your eye level, the smaller the minor axis will be.

Stacked bowls are a good drawing exercise but we wanted to make interesting paintings, as well. I had a few ideas.

Everyone seems to struggle with backgrounds, as I mentioned in my post from Week Two. They are often painted last and may not contribute much to the image overall. So, why not integrate the background with the bowls?


You can’t have everything in painting. Here the yellow of the bowls on the right has been sacrificed as it loses it’s intensity with the warm blue underneath. Have I gained anything? Has the sense of space been enhanced? Either way, it stimulated some very interesting results in today’s watercolour paintings.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

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2 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Four”

  1. Joan Rawlin Says:

    I’m sorry I missed that one! Beautiful work!

  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Great exercise and demonstration. The basics are very valuable and your ideas are so straight forward and practical to work with.

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