Blue Mountain – Day Four

We journeyed down the road to Meaford today. Meaford is on Georgian Bay and has a lovely waterfront. I used a flat/angled watercolour brush for this morning’s watercolour demonstration. The brush is held in different ways to create a variety of marks and shapes.

It was a sunny day and the threatened thunderstorm never materialized. Some of the painters took a crack at the fountain and a few wandered over to the harbour.

Rocks still seemed to be a challenge for many of the students and rightly so. Rocks are fun to paint but they take lots of practice. I did a small study of rocks, using cool and warm colours, in the afternoon. I used the flat/angled brush again but in a less swatch-like manner.

There wasn’t much shade to be found when the time came for our critique. Instead of setting up our usual exhibition of all the day’s work at once, we tried a different approach. Paul, who is one of our facilitators, became our human easel and he held up our work one piece at a time. There were a lot of watercolours and I don’t blame him if his arms were tired. What a way to treat a guy on his birthday!

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5 Responses to “Blue Mountain – Day Four”

  1. jdcoto Says:

    Looks like you’re having a great week.

  2. Lois Says:

    Love the fountain and paintings. Beautiful scene.
    with permission, would like to attempt it. Thanks .
    Lois

  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I am always intriqued by the swatch technique. I really want to find time to try it. (OK Linda so do it!!!!)

  4. Barry Coombs Says:

    Linda, you’d be surprised how quickly it can come together. Try it with a simple object like a pear. Put light, warm (yellowish) swatches in the light area and darker, cool (bluish) swatches in the darker area and cast shadow.

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