Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight

I suggested using a flat or flat angled brush yesterday. We’ll stick with these brushes for the rest of the term. They can be used in many ways. I demonstrated a swatch-like approach to watercolour painting. It’s not just the shape of the brush that has to be considered.

Light and shadow were discussed. I used cool grey swatches to build core and cast shadows before introducing colour. This process allows the development of relationships between the various objects and the area around them.

Colour can be employed for different reasons. We usually pay attention to ‘local colour’ (blue pot, yellow pear, white fabric). In the demonstrations below I’ve added swatches of colour to non-local areas. This can have a harmonizing effect on the overall work.


I often present this approach in my classes and outdoor workshops but many of the current students tackled it for the first time. “Treat this as a creative exercise” was my mantra. Follow the process as best as possible and see what happens. Have a look at what happened.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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One Response to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight”

  1. Scott Cooper Says:

    I love somewhat graphic/mosaic look of this approach. Very fresh and appealing.

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