Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Two

Still LIfe - SpringTuesWk2/2014

It snowed today. The good news is that most of the students seemed genuinely pleased to see these colourful gift bags when they showed up for class. Perhaps, they suggested the spring gardens that we’re all anticipating so eagerly.

Last Tuesday and Saturday, we talked about soft-edge techniques and varying flat planes with value changes. These bags were a perfect followup to that lesson. I used my demonstrations to discuss colour, as well. Creating darker values of the different colours is always a challenge so I deconstructed my bags into their component shapes. This allowed me to paint one shape at a time and work with a variety of colours.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - SpringTuesWk2/2014

The students responded to the still life with real enthusiasm and created some very vibrant and cheerful images. Not only that, most of the snow had melted by the end of the day but then a new disaster struck. The evening class was just cleaning up and preparing for our critique when the lights went out. We all scrambled for cell phone flashlights and I dug out a few candles. Toronto has suffered an extensive power outage and, as a minor consequence, I can’t show you the work from the evening class.

Hopefully, power will be restored soon and spring will arrive to stay. In the meantime, have a Happy Passover and Easter and see you next week.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique


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2 Responses to “Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Two”

  1. Dottie Says:

    So cool! Love the student work. Good thing for cell phones. I would never have thought of that, plus mine would be in the car, probably with its battery dead.

  2. Carol King Says:

    I love the colorful bags you set out for your students.

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