Fall Tuesday Watercolour – Week One

Still Life - FallTues2013Wk1

We’re back in action! It was great to see all of the regulars and to meet my new students yesterday. I decided to get back to basics and suggested that value and light and shadow be our focus.

My demonstration is on a quarter sheet (11 x 15″) of Curry’s, 200 lb., Cold Press paper. I used a #10 round watercolour brush and two colours, Burnt Sienna and Cobalt Blue (from Da Vinci).

I stressed simplification of form and careful observation of direct light.

Watercolour Demonstration by Barry Coombs - FallTues2013Wk1

My demonstrations are always suggestions. Yesterday, almost all of the students followed my lead. Many did two works; a value study and a colour study. After a long summer, it wasn’t a bad idea to concentrate on the basics. Have a look at their work. I think we’re going to see some exciting watercolour paintings in the months ahead.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique


Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique




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6 Responses to “Fall Tuesday Watercolour – Week One”

  1. Joan Wolfe Says:

    Thank you for so generously sharing your lessons Barry. They are informative and inspiring (just as your wonderful workshop in London was). The quality of your instruction shows well in your students’ work.

  2. malvikajaswal Says:

    The works are indeed lovely… your students are definitely talented folk. As always thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Dottie Says:

    The light pouring into your demos is beautiful! Great student work, too! I’m thinking I recognize some of the brushwork? 🙂

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