Blue Mountain – Last Day!

We painted on the grounds of the Georgian Manor B & B in Thornbury on our last day together. Sid and Louise were very welcoming and their lovely home and garden inspired all of us.

I had prepared a quarter sheet of Curry’s, 200 lb., cold press watercolour paper ahead of time. I’d soaked it with water and touched in the primary colours, quite randomly. I did this before starting to draw! My primaries are Aureolin (Mixture), Rose Madder Quinacridone and Cobalt Blue from Da Vinci.

The students were very suspicious when I told them that my preliminary wash (still visible on the edges) would act as the white in the image. However, as I painted on and around the trellis, guess what? It started to look white. This approach can give your whites a nice glowing quality.

A workshop with the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting features some trademark elements. First of all, they have access to several wonderful private properties as painting sites. Secondly, each workshop leader is assisted by two coordinators. My cheerful and well-organized coordinators this past week were Mary Lou Morgan and Paul McCleary. The third element is the portable toilet that is delivered to each site early in the morning. That definitely makes for one less worry!

Mary Lou Morgan, Barry Coombs and Paul McCleary

We had a lot of fun this week and I hope everyone learned a lot. My thanks to the enthusiastic students, the dedicated coordinators and to the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting in general.

We made the short drive back to the studio for our last critique. Due to plans for the Canada Day long weekend, some of the group had to leave a bit early and weren’t able to participate in the critique so there are a few less watercolours on display than usual.

Friday Critique



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3 Responses to “Blue Mountain – Last Day!”

  1. Monica Says:

    Such a lovely outing. Wish I could join too.

  2. Jane Wynne Says:

    What a great week for the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting with Barry as our teacher! Feedback from the students was great; everybody was enthusiastic about the techniques they learned and the fun they had along the way. Thanks, Barry for an excellent workshop – and the daily blogs were a bonus for those of us who weren’t with you every day!

  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    This sounds like a workshop made in heaven! Lovely work.

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