Charlevoix, Quebec – Day Two

Rainy days are not very welcome during a  week of plein air painting. We, however, have a secret weapon. It’s our bright and roomy studio with a lovely view.

Several of our participants are new or fairly new to the plein air experience. With that in mind, I decided to present my simplification exercise as an indoor project for the morning. It starts with a sketch which is then transferred, in pencil, to a sheet of watercolour paper. Then, each shape is painted separately with watercolour.

This exercise always looks easier than it actually is. It has many benefits but, most of all, it demands simplification and it’s fun to do. After lunch, we headed down to Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, on the St. Lawrence River. We’ll visit again on a sunny day.

Back at the studio, we enjoyed looking at (almost) everyone’s attempts at the simplification exercise.

Tuesday Critique


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12 Responses to “Charlevoix, Quebec – Day Two”

  1. Shayna Says:

    Your blog is so inspiring!Thank you for sharing.This fabulous work with us.Good creations.

    Watercolor Lessons

  2. Sue Mckee Says:

    I like the look of the simplified (so called) exercise. I will try it at home. Great instructions on how to approach a landscape. Thanks for the wonderful postings, I so enjoy them, especially from Charleviox, one of the most beautiful places anywhere. Sue Mckee

  3. Dottie Says:

    Miss you, and Charlevoix!!!!

  4. Carol King Says:

    Hi Barry, I am enjoying your workshop and love your simplification technique which I am going to try. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge.

  5. Linda Halcomb Says:

    I also love this exercise and will try it when our weather breaks. We are in an extreme drought and are facing horrid heat. Just a question. Did you outline your shapes in marker? What kind of pencil did you use?

  6. Lois Says:

    Love this Barry.
    As always, thank you , for the Demos.
    I hope to try this, kind of don’t know where to start : use a Photo,?

    • Barry Coombs Says:

      Hi, Lois. You can try it from a photo but most of the students worked from their sketches. The simplification process is a good experience.

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