Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Two – Shoes!

Still Life - WinterTuesWk2

It’s surprising how much fun it can be to paint a pile of old shoes and boots. Fun but not without it’s challenges and drawing is probably Challenge Number One.

Step one of drawing demonstration by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk2

The first sheet shows two shoes drawn with straight strokes only. Lots of light lines are used to find the shape of the shoe. I’ve darkened the lines here for better visibility.

Step two of drawing demonstration by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk2

Curved strokes are next. As I draw, I analyze the shapes and try to think about how I will paint them. My watercolour demonstration is in progress below. A tightly cropped composition can help us focus on shapes rather than trying to be overly literal about depicting the shoes. It’s important to study edges where shapes touch each other. Can a dark value be used to set off a light area?

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk2

Our guest artist was Canadian painter Aba Bayefsky (1923-2001). Aba had a lifelong love for Toronto’s Kensington Market. He was one of my teachers at the Ontario College of Art and I remember him for his sense of humour and insights into my student struggles with drawing and watercolour.

Kensington Shoe Storeby Aba BayefskyPrivate Collection

Many of his charming and spirited drawings and watercolours of the lively ethnic Market have been collected in this book from Mosaic Press. He treats the shoes and boots in a playful manner but his keen observation never wavers.

Aba Bayefsky in Kensington MarketWinterTuesWk2

The careful drawing did slow down many of our artists. I don’t mind looking at unfinished paintings during our end-of-class critiques. The process is more important to me than the product. Still, the two classes  created some very strong watercolours.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique



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One Response to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Two – Shoes!”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Incredible work. I especially enjoyed (of course) the painting in your top photo that had an alsmost abreact quality but all of your students did very well.

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