Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Nine

Still Life - FallTuesWk9/2013It’s been a long, long time since I put a cabbage into a still life. I was at the grocery store, picking out the lovely tomatoes with the vines on them and wondering what to have with them, when I noticed the Savoy Cabbages. Decision made.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - FallTuesWk9/2013I didn’t want to turn my demonstration into a botanical study and aimed to ‘suggest’ more than ‘depict’. The cabbages were painted with a traditional ‘light to dark’ and ‘big to small’ approach. The big, broad leafy shapes went in first and the smaller, darker shapes last. Overall, I tried to think of the cabbage as a sphere. The light strikes it from above. The lower part of the cabbage is turning away from the light as it drops down to the tabletop. It gets darker and cooler.

Initially, the texture of the cabbages struck fear into the hearts of many of the students but nobody blinked. As a matter of fact, both the AM and PM groups became very engaged with the subject and there was quite a buzz when the paintings went up at critique time.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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8 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Nine”

  1. Evelyn Cunningham Says:

    I love the subject matter and the resulting paintings.

  2. Carol King Says:

    Barry, I couldn’t wait for your post today to see all these luscious tomatoes with cabbages. Beautiful! Your class did a great job. Who brought the vinaigrette?

  3. Lois Says:

    Wow, nice still life. Love the Color’s so Bright.
    The Students, did really nice work.
    Thanks, Barry, for always Sharing…

  4. Linda Halcomb Says:

    Wonderful work. This is a powerful exercise in the value of simplification and you can really see how the background color effects the feel of the paintings.

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