Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Nine

***NOTE You may have noticed that I published an incomplete post earlier. This is an update. Sorry about that! WordPress is a great blogging platform but the Publish button is too close to the Preview button, in my humble opinion. Also, a DO YOU REALLY WANT TO PUBLISH NOW? step in the process would be much appreciated and save the bother of an occasional incomplete post arriving in your mailbox. So, here we go with my updated post.

Still LIfe - SpringTuesWk9/2014

Smiles and frowns! You might think I’m talking about the emotional ups and downs of watercolour painting. I’m not. I’m talking about how ellipses look when we’re looking at them from different points of view.

I set up the Tuesday still life on an elegant round table on top of another small table. Most of the students, not all, sit to paint. The entire still life is usually below their eye level. Raising the still life raised a little blood pressure, initially, until the students adjusted to a still life at their eye level.

Tables - SpringTuesWk9/2014  Smiles and Frowns - SpringTuesWk9/2014

Ellipses are hard enough but what’s a smile and what’s a frown? Take a look at the eye level drawing of the vase in the diagram. All of the ellipses above eye level are highest in the middle and lower on the left and right ends. Frowns. The ellipse at the bottom of the vase, below eye level, is lowest in the middle. A smile. Note that the perplexed student can see the bottom of the vase in the upper drawing and can look into the elliptical mouth of the lower vase. There you go. Rudimentary ellipse theory.

I’ve exaggerated the smiles and frowns a touch in my demos. In addition to our discussion of ellipses, I used some wax as resist in these studies and focused on simplification.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - SpringTuesWk9/2014

One more week to go and spring term at my studio will come to an end. In the meantime, enjoy the watercolours from the Tuesday classes and keep smiling!

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique




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

  1. Barry Coombs Says:

    Sorry about the unfinished post. More will follow later. WordPress places the Publish and Preview buttons much too close together.

  2. Lois Says:

    Barry, Thanks for showing this Tutorial, very helpful!!
    Students did well, good Teacher.

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