Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Three

Bottles again! I re-arranged the still-life from Saturday’s class. My demonstration/discussion covered most of the points made on Saturday but I added one new thought. A few of the bottles below were done with a ‘crisp edge’ approach. Each wash was allowed to dry before a darker one was applied.

Can you tell which is which? Answer below.


Answer: The middle bottle in the first demo and the left bottle in the second demo were done with crisp edges.

Most watercolourists combine crisp and soft edges in their work. I like the students to try a crisp edge approach for a few reasons. First of all, it’s also a ‘light to dark’ process and this is a useful and proven way to plan a watercolour painting. Secondly, it stresses brush-handling and the focus is on making articulate shapes and marks.

Not everyone had the time, or inclination, to try more than one approach but everyone worked hard, as usual.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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3 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Three”

  1. Monica Says:

    Very nice!

  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    The lighting feels very different between the two sessions. I love this concept. You are a very perceptive teacher. I hope your students understand the value of your sharings. You are one of the best I’ve seen!

    • Barry Coombs Says:

      Linda, you’re always very generous and your thoughts are appreciated. I think I should make your comments required reading for all of my students.

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