Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Three

Once again, we concentrated on fundamentals. Colour mixing and soft-edge techniques as well as simplification and good observation. I set up the little piles of oranges deliberately in order to discuss ‘wire-frame’ drawing. This approach helps us understand the relationships between the oranges, the blue objects and the surface they rest upon.


Paul Cezanne was our guest artist today. Cezanne drew in pencil before using watercolour and doesn’t seem to erase any of the pencil prior to painting. I always think of his technique of adding and gradually overlapping swatches of colour as the simplest in the history of watercolour painting. His process, however, was the perfect way to express his unique personal vision. Soft-edge and subtle wet-into-wet blending are virtually non-existent in his watercolours. There are so many ways to skin the cat with this versatile medium.

LE DESSERT by Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)

Last week, red and green formed a strong complementary relationship in our still-life. This week, the blue and orange were even more dependent on each other. You can see how the students used the blue objects to enhance the oranges.

Below the paintings is a photo of our morning critique in progress.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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One Response to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Three”

  1. northpenninegallery Says:

    I always take the time to visit to see what you’re doing. The Cezanne watercolour reminds me of art college. It’s beautiful and your blog really inspires me. I’ve even changed the way I draw since reading your posts.

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