Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight

Still Life - SpringTuesWk8/2014

Apples, pots and bowls. Simple forms and complementary colours. What could go wrong?

I used a 3/4″ flat angled brush  for my demonstrations. I painted the background areas first with fairly bold colours and values. That seemed to set the pace for the rest of these two studies. They’re a bit wild and wonky but something positive clicked with the students.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - SpringTuesWk8/2014

Some of the students used flat angled brushes and others stuck to their rounds. Almost all of my students consider the background to be some sort of tiresome chore, rather than an important area of the painting, and it’s usually the last thing they paint. I try hard to convince them that more dynamic figure/ground relationships are created when the ‘background’ works well with the objects. So, why leave it to the end?

Yesterday, most of the students painted the background shapes first and created some very strong and exciting watercolours. Nothing wrong with that!

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

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3 Responses to “Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight”

  1. Carol King Says:

    Ah that negative space. Gotta love it. Beautiful work from your class, Barry.

  2. Elaine Says:

    My goodness, Barry, the student work is SUPERB!

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