Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Ten

Still LIfe - FallTuesWk10/2013

Fall term at my studio has almost come to an end. It’s been a very creative ten weeks for the Tuesday classes. I’m grateful to the students for their enthusiasm and energy.

This is a still life I set up about once a year. The different panels of the objects can be painted separately. This gives the students an opportunity to practice ‘soft edge’ techniques within these shapes. Each panel is allowed to dry before painting it’s neighbour.

Also, we’ve spent a lot of time this term discussing effective treatments of  backgrounds.  I reminded the groups that silhouette can be used to enhance the sense of space in a painting.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - FallTuesWk10/2013

It’s hard to believe that there were a few good-natured grumbles when the morning group arrived and saw the still life. Initially, they may not have been overly inspired but something was definitely in the air. They came up with some very sophisticated essays in colour and space.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

The evening class held up their side, as well.  Every week, at the end of a long day, they summon the energy and motivation to focus on a watercolour challenge. I’m always amazed at what they can do in a few hours.

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

The final Sustained Saturday class of the term is this weekend, so stay tuned. I’ll be posting my Winter Studio Calendar soon, as well. By the way, my blog had it’s 97,000th view yesterday. Thanks, everyone, for following and commenting.


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