Grand Manan Island – Final Day!

LOW TIDE - watercolour on paper by Barry Coombs-GM2013

Into every maritime outdoor painting workshop a little rain must fall. We had a bit (OK, a lot) of precipitation on Friday and spent some time in our studio. It’s not always a bad thing. I had a chance to review some watercolour techniques in a comfortable environment. Several of the artists worked on drawings and watercolours from the first four days and some headed out and sketched from their cars.

In addition to all of that, I painted a watercolour. Other than demonstrations, I don’t do much painting during my workshops. Too busy teaching and offering feedback to the students. However, more and more, I like to do one watercolour to show everyone a bit about my creative process. On Thursday, at Woodward’s Cove, I sketched my composition. I did most of the painting in the studio on Friday. I call it LOW TIDE.


We had a great critique. This group has been doing a lot of exciting stuff. But it wasn’t over yet! Friday evening, we were back at the Marathon Inn for a fabulous dinner (lobster or steak). After that, it was time for our Final Critique. Everyone showed three pieces from the week. I always stress that it isn’t a competition. A participant might select a work from a favorite place or a piece that may have been a personal breakthrough. Many chose a sketch or two. Final Critique is a wonderful and very enjoyable way to summarize our efforts and experiences.

Before I show you their work, I’d like to thank the entire class of 2013. Everyone contributed to the success of the workshop. And, as always, thank you for following and commenting.













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8 Responses to “Grand Manan Island – Final Day!”

  1. Mary M. Hughes Says:

    Thabnks…looks wonderful…………………………………………m

    Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 15:26:03 +0000 To:

  2. William Brisland Says:

    I can see by the results it was a rip roaring success. There are some talented students around and it must be gratifying to see all their efforts at the end of the week.
    Wishing you a similar experience on your trip to the Cotswalds.
    Thanks for all your postings they got me through a tough kitchen renovation 98% complete. Whew!

  3. Gwen Brooks Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to share this wonderful trip. The students’ work is so inspiring – hard to believe how much they accomplished in a week! Well done everyone.

  4. Phil Masters Says:

    Great work everyone. looked like fun.

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