Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Five!


Soft forms. So far this term we’ve painted pears, cardboard boxes, metal containers and pumpkins. It was time for the challenge of soft forms and these ball caps were ready to go to work.

But, what is the strange, rumpled creature shown below in greys? It’s a partially squished ball cap and I used it to discuss value, soft-edge techniques and brush-handling. In the full demonstration sheet, I’ve added colour and that helps to tie it together. I wouldn’t make this cap the focal point in a painting. For that, I’d choose a cap more in profile and easier to understand at a glance. My crumpled cap would serve better as a ‘best supporting actor’.

Watercolour study by Barry Coombs

We also discussed a few thoughts about creative licence which I printed on the full demonstration sheet.

Watercolour study sheet by Barry Coombs

Almost all of the students chose to develop the values in grey before adding colour with thin washes. The ball caps are an unusual subject but a lot was learned from them and the results are very dramatic.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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3 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Five!”

  1. William Brisland Says:

    I hope you had them all sing “Let’s Play Ball” at the end of the class
    Cheers, William

  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    In several student paintings I can see the impact of the supporting player discussion. As always…Great work.

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