Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Four – Winter Warmers!

Still Life - WinterTuesWk4

We had a pretty good snowfall a few days ago and now it’s turning into slush as we experience a rainy mini-thaw. Still, I wouldn’t put away those mittens and toques. They may come in handy yet.

We’re going to spend a bit more time working on soft-edge techniques. They’re quite appropriate for these floppy forms. I demonstrated for both classes, as usual, on the sheet below. These mittens were done in several steps, allowing the washes to dry before a new step was taken.

W/C demo sheet by Barry Coombs -WinterTuesWk4

I’ve done a step-by-step mitten for the correspondence students. It’s difficult to describe absolutely everything that I do so look at them carefully and try to figure out the techniques employed.

Step one of mitten - w/c demo by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk4

I tend to work from big to small and step one deals with the overall shape. Note the thin slice of dry paper on the edge of the thumb. The first wash is the lightest pink. The darks were touched in while the first wash was wet. I used two colours; Rose Madder Quinacridone and Cobalt Blue.

Step two of mitten - w/c demo by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk4

Step two was achieved by gently painting a band of clean water along the length of the lower mitten, reaching up almost to the thumb. I touched in the dark and it bled gently into the water.

Step three of mitten - w/c demo by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk4

Step three is actually three steps in one. Each area; the crease on the upper left, the wrinkles on the wrist and the core shadow on the underside of the sleeve of the mitten were started with clean water. If you’re not familiar with this approach, take a piece of cold press watercolour paper. Now, paint a 2 x 2″ square of clean water; not too runny, an even film. Before it dries, touch in some paint and see if you can create shapes.

Step four of mitten - w/c demo by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk4

Step four shows a little more development of the thumb. My final shape was the shadow under the tip of the thumb (remember big to small?). It has a crisp or sharp edge as it was painted over a dry area.

The colourful subject was welcome on a grey day and it was a pleasure to see the vibrant paintings.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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3 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Four – Winter Warmers!”

  1. Lois Says:

    Love this Lesson.
    Thanks so much.

  2. ErinHill Sketching Says:

    Hi Barry, Enjoying your still life setups. I so wanted to puff up those mittens with paper inside. Your students do lovely work. XXE

    • Barry Coombs Says:

      Hi Erin, Nice to hear from you. Sometimes, I do stuff mittens and things like baseball caps. Love your pen and watercolour sketching workshops.

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