Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week One of Spring Term!

Still Life - SpringTuesWk1

Spring term is underway at my studio even though the spring weather has yet to assert itself. It was cold and windy yesterday but warm and colourful inside.

The gift bags gave me a chance to talk about some important ideas and techniques. Can you see the pencil lines? I started with broad, straight strokes of a soft 2B pencil and that really helped with the perspective of the bags. I used soft-edge techniques to gradate and add interest to the various planes and shapes.

Watercolour Demonstration by Barry Coombs - SpringTuesWk1

Next question. Do you see the white ‘lines’ between the shapes? That’s the white of the paper. Separating the shapes with these skinny slivers of white paper allows me to work more quickly as I don’t have to wait for an area to dry before starting to paint an adjacent shape. I use this approach in a lot of my demonstrations and, sometimes, in finished paintings.

Here’s an example: this is a watercolour of the cathedral in Atotonilco, the historic town near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We were just there a few weeks ago!

Atotonilco - Watercolour on paper by Barry Coombs - SpringTuesWk1/2013

by Barry Coombs

It’s always nice to see everyone after a layoff. My Tuesday classes are full this term but not all were able to attend yesterday. Still, the energy level was high and the gift bags in watercolour looked great.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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2 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week One of Spring Term!”

  1. Linda Halcomb Says:

    I love the items you use for your classes. They are always full of energy and color. Lovely start for your students.

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