Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Two

Last week’s still-life was quite a drawing challenge. Our objects were a monochromatic brown and I stressed simplicity and observation of value. I continued to emphasize these ideas in today’s classes although our still-life was much more colourful and a bit more ‘drawing-friendly’.

We talked about lots of things while I demonstrated today but I strongly suggested that thin washes in the light areas would help to achieve greater luminosity.

A lot of success with watercolour depends on what you don’t do on your sheet of paper. Instead of mixing a colour and brushing it onto the sheet immediately, test it on a spare or scrap sheet first. Checking your colours and values on a test sheet before applying them to your painting is very good practice and will lead to fresher and more confident watercolours.

I’m always amazed at what the students can accomplish in a three hour class. Some exciting watercolours were created today!

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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2 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Two”

  1. Scott Cooper Says:

    Lots of beautiful, fresh, vibrant colour, thoughtful compositions; you’re fortunate to have such a tremendous group of students.

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