Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Five – Watermelon!

Still Life - SpringTuesWk5

Spring is definitely here but we’ve had a lot of grey, overcast days. A colourful still life, with a picnic-like feel to it, inspired the Tuesday students yesterday.

Watermelon is fun to paint but the perspective of the slices can be tricky. It’s a bit like drawing boats. As I almost always do, I started my drawing with straight lines and I find that helps a lot with a challenge like foreshortened watermelon slices.

The green skin of the round melon was painted with a graded wash, lighter in the upper area and darker lower down in the shadowy area. When it dried, I added the stripes and I darkened them as well in the lower part of the melon.

I bought seedless melons but how can you paint a watermelon without it’s black seeds? They add a sense of detail and the contrast draws the eye into the red fruit.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - SpringTuesWk5

The students put a lot of thought into their compositions. We’ve talked quite a bit lately about the importance of thumbnail studies and it’s paying off. Also, I continue to emphasize the importance of the ‘figure/ground’ relationship. In other words, choose a colour for the background that works with all of the other elements in the painting.

The work looks great. Bright and cheerful; just like a spring day

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique



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3 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Five – Watermelon!”

  1. Scott Cooper Says:

    Nice group of work – sowing the seeds of what’s to come…?

  2. Carol King Says:

    What luscious paintings. All of them are great. Are these beginners? If so, I’m coming to Canada (or wherever you are.)

  3. Lois Says:

    Very nice work, from the Students!!
    A good Teacher.!!
    And Thanks, for hint, about the color relation, for a Background..
    Always;, thanks for Sharing…

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