Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week One

Still Life-WinterTues2014Wk1

No pears or apples were harmed in the making of this still life. Because they’re FAKE! This was pointed out a few times today by the students. I rarely use fake fruit but how else can you find a dark grey pear?

I like the simplified, classical look of the still life. Something about it is reminiscent of Metaphysical painting and the work of Giorgio di Chirico. Eternal forms; silence.

Not everyone had painted over the holidays so it doesn’t hurt too start with some relatively simple forms. I stressed the importance of thin, glowing lights and we discussed mixing greys and blacks. I used lots of water, as well, and tried to give the objects a relaxed feel. ‘Freedom of handling’ is the term I used.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - WinterTues2014Wk1

The Toronto region has experienced Arctic weather lately, including very icy conditions. That, and the usual winter bugs, kept several students away today. Still, a good number of hardy watercolour painters were undaunted by the cold and snow and did a great job with our faux (faux sounds more sophisticated than fake, doesn’t it) fruit.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique



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One Response to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week One”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    What lovely atmospheric work…The IMA has a de Chirico that we found was a faux dechirico. One he painted late in life and sold as an earlier painting to make more money. A VERY interesting twist!

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