Cotswolds – Our studio at Farncombe Estate!

We stayed home today. Our studio is very comfortable and well-appointed. There’s a coffee machine that grinds real beans, cookies and pastries and bottles of still and sparkling water. Newspapers are also provided although I never have time to read them.

I gave a demonstration of two figures in the morning. Three steps were used in the drawing of the man reading the newspaper. Step one is the pencil drawing and cool grey shadows. The second step shows the addition of local colour; the green shirt, etc. I also decided to add a suggestion of the bench. The third and final step shows some pen and ink work.

My lady in a kerchief was done with pencil and watercolour. In this case, I skipped the grey shadow stage and started with the lightest watercolour washes. When they dried, I added the darker values.

Step one of pen and w/c demo by Barry Coombs-Cotswolds2013  Step two of pen and w/c demo by Barry Coombs-Cotswolds2013  Step three of pen and w/c demo by Barry Coombs-Cotswolds2013  Watercolour demo by Barry Coombs-Cotswolds2013

Some of our artists worked mostly in the studio and others painted outdoors on the grounds. Late in the afternoon, I gave a talk about the fine tradition of English watercolour painting. I’d brought a few books along and we looked at some wonderful work by the great ones; Towne, Taverner, Cotman, Girtin and Turner to name just a few.

During the afternoon, I had prepared a sheet of small watercolour studies with the English school in mind. The village scene was from a photo I took in Stow on the Wold. Each of the cloud studies shows a slightly different approach to an always tricky subject.

Watercolour demo sheet by Barry Coombs-Cotswolds2013

This is an inspired bunch of artists. Everyone is loving the Cotswolds region and making the most of the experience.


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3 Responses to “Cotswolds – Our studio at Farncombe Estate!”

  1. malvikajaswal Says:

    I love the one with the sunflowers in the fore and the home behind…

  2. Carol King Says:

    The Cotswolds looks gorgeous. I really like how your seated man changed with each layer of color/ink. Those clouds are winning me over.

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