Sustained Saturday Watercolour Class – Apples!

Still Life

Cezanne painted a lot of apples. Currently, there is a wonderful exhibition of Cezanne’s oils at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. I had that in mind when I selected apples for today’s still life. If you’re in the region, make the effort to see The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cezanne.

We started our day with a fairly long demonstration/discussion and I presented several ideas on this work sheet. Value, some brush-handling techniques and compositional considerations were our main topics.

Watercolour demonstration sheet by Barry Coombs

Saturday is a long day and the beauty of it is that we have lots of time for sketches and studies before starting a sustained work. A three hour Tuesday class can go by awfully quickly and, sometimes, students feel a bit frantic about finishing their watercolour in time. They don’t take short breaks to refresh their eye. They don’t step back from their work to see the ‘big picture’. They rush. I call that being ‘product-oriented’. I prefer the students to be ‘process-oriented’. It won’t happen overnight, but a commitment to a sound process will lead to more satisfying results.

Today’s results are varied and quite satisfying. Fall term is almost over at my studio. Next week, I’ll be posting Week Ten of the Tuesday classes. Also, watch for the 2015 Winter Calendar. It’s coming to this blog soon!

Sustained Saturday Critique

Sustained Saturday Critique


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2 Responses to “Sustained Saturday Watercolour Class – Apples!”

  1. Lois Says:

    Love Apples,
    Such nice work; and thanks always for sharing!

  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    The difference between the cool and the warm backgrounds is very interesting to see. I think artists always gravitate one way or the other.

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