Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Ten – Last Day!

Still Life - WinterTuesWk10/2013

Winter term has come to an end. We’ve had lots of fun and enjoyed experimenting with the flat angled brush for the last several weeks.

Yesterday, I proposed a preliminary wash as the first step of the watercolour painting. I wet my sheet with clean water and, quite randomly, touched in yellow and red. I allowed it to flow. When it was dry, I did a quick, sketchy and deliberately wonky drawing and added a bit of wax.

Working quickly, I tried to use brushwork that could only be done with a flat angled brush. The preliminary wash has been left untouched in a few areas such as the lid of the cookie jar and the background. I suggested that the students put the angular, swatch-like brushstrokes throughout their paintings, including the background.

Step One of Watercolour Demonstration by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk10/2013a   Watercolour Demonstration by Barry Coombs - WinterTuesWk10/2013a

Some of the day’s watercolours are more ‘swatch-like’ than others but, as usual, everyone rose to the challenge. The preliminary wash is more evident in some than others but it does add luminosity to the lightest areas.

We’re back in the studio on April 2. Until then, stay tuned for dispatches from sunny San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Our group  leaves tomorrow!

Tuesday AM Critique - WinterTuesWk10/2013

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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One Response to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Ten – Last Day!”

  1. Lois Says:

    Nice.. Another Project for me to Learn…Been practicing, getting
    the hang of it.
    Barry, did you Receive my Cubism I did?

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