Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Four

I followed up our bottles from last week with a little bit of glass and a lot more colour. We reviewed the brush-handling technique of ‘feathering’ an edge and discussed several things including good, old light and shadow. You might wonder why there is a doodle of a football on my demonstration sheet. It was used to illustrate a tenet of ellipse theory. A true ellipse does not have pointy ends like the football.

There’s a lot of energy in the Tuesday classes. I take a maximum of 12 students and the Spring morning class is full. Each student has lots of individual work space. The studio is well-lit and spacious. Coffee, tea and cookies are complimentary. Yesterday morning, I forgot to put the cookies out and everyone was too polite to mention it. Oops.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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2 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Four”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I am always enchanted by your set-ups. The colors are vibrant and lead to such attractive paintings. I think this makes a real difference to a student. PS again I see a difference between am and pm. Is the room flooded with sunlight during the day? The back grounds look so different – maybe my old eyes are going!

    • Barry Coombs Says:

      I do put a lot of time and effort into the still-life setups. The lighting is a bit different between AM and PM but less so in the springtime. Note that they don’t have a backdrop because the still-life is in the middle of the room. I ‘stage’ it with a backdrop for the photo on the blog. The students decide on their own treatment of the background in their paintings and it’s a perpetual challenge, to say the least.

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