Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Six

Gift bags! I use this still-life theme occasionally (nothing to do with the impending season). It’s a great subject for the study of colour and form and a good challenge to the thinking process and brush-handling ability of watercolour painters.


I painted the red bag for the morning class and the yellow bag for the evening group. I started with wire-frame drawing and, as usual, stressed simplification and, where appropriate, editing. For example, I didn’t include the metal clasps.

An element of painting is problem-solving and, with watercolour, many artists try to think in terms of ‘light to dark’ and ‘big to small’. In this case, the side wall of the yellow bag was painted first as a single, overall wash. When dry, the darker panels were added over the first wash.

Most of the students thought it was a tough subject. However, everyone seemed very engaged. I suggested cropped compositions, as I often do. This approach can make the challenge more manageable and focus the faculties on a specific area of the still-life.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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One Response to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Six”

  1. Carol King Says:

    Love all these colorful bags! and the respective paintings that followed. This looked like a fun exercise.

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