Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Ten

Still Life - SpringTuesWk10/2014

Our short spring has settled into some lovely summer weather. I’m afraid that the flowers in the still life are ‘faux’ but they’re a cheerful and colourful subject for the last class of spring term.

The watering cans are the ‘stars of the show’ and I suggested that they be the focus of the compositions. My demonstrations evolved into a sort of work sheet. I used it to discuss various elements of our still life.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - SpringTuesWk10/2014

Most of the students thought the still life was very charming. There were some very positive remarks as they entered the studio, raring to go! Midway through each class the tone of the remarks changed slightly as the subtle challenges became more evident. Not everyone finished their watercolour by critique time. That’s not a drawback, as far as I’m concerned. Why rush? The unfinished paintings show great potential and it’s always interesting to see them at different stages of progress. In many cases, the watercolours are much closer to being completed than the artist realized.

Another term! I’m fortunate to have great students. Talented and enthusiastic. I’d like to thank them and I’m grateful, as well, to those of you who follow the blog and leave your comments. The blog will be active all summer so stay tuned. I’ll be teaching ‘en plein air’ in Toronto and on Grand Manan Island during July and August. Care to join us? Check the sidebar for Painting Holidays and click on a page.

Tuesday AM Critique - SpringTuesWk10/2014

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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5 Responses to “Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Ten”

  1. malvikajaswal Says:

    I really liked the 2nd watercolor in the 1st row and the first watercolor in the 2nd row of the AM critique. The rest are also very well executed.

  2. Barry Coombs Says:

    Thanks very much for your comment.

  3. Ruth Bailey Says:

    You set your students a big challenge this time, to make the watering cans the stars! It is so easy to be upstaged by flowers, however, your students did a great job!

  4. Lois Says:

    Thanks so much for this Tutorial.
    Love Flowers, and all what you did helps.
    The Students, flowers, are so… nice.
    Thanks again for sharing

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