Winter Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Three


Today’s still life could have caused a riot in the morning class but, fortunately, everyone had breakfast before coming to the studio. They’re not just muffins, though; they’re solid and relatively simple forms and they take the light well.

I had a lot to talk about. The studies in gray helped us analyze the basic volumes of the muffins. Colour and process were my main topics. I painted the muffins with primary colours. Anything on the sheet that looks brown was created with yellow, red and blue. All studies were approached with a ‘light to dark’ and ‘big to small’ process. In other words, the bigger shape of the top of a muffin was painted before adding the smaller chocolate chip or raisin marks. The wrapped area of the muffins was painted before adding the thin groove-like strokes. These smaller marks are generally darker in value than the area around them.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

The muffin leaning on it’s side on the right of the demonstration sheet was inspired by Elizabeth H, a morning student. She did a very thoughtfully observed treatment of a similarly positioned muffin in her painting (upper row, centre of the AM critique). Elizabeth noticed that the ellipse of the bottom of the muffin was not an even value. It varies from dark to light. Also, the side wall of the wrapper alternates in value with the bottom. This gives a very three-dimensional quality to the form.

I counted the muffins at the start of each class. As the muffins warmed up under the hot lamp the fragrance became more and more appealing. It was almost as good as a real bakery and I didn’t want the still life to be depleted by muffin monsters over the course of the day.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

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6 Responses to “Winter Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Three”

  1. Carol King Says:

    Oh, do you know the muffin man,
    The muffin man, the muffin man…..

    Love seeing everyone’s paintings. Laughed that you had to count the muffins at the start of each class.

  2. Lois Says:

    Very nice. It would be tempting to snitch a muffin!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Joan Wolfe Says:

    So enjoy these emails! Would love to be there taking the classes. Really appreciate you sharing so generously with us. I am extremely impressed with the work produced by your students. Thank you for taking the time to share in such detail and with wonderful visuals to enhance our learning experience from your sessions.
    In appreciation,
    Joan Wolfe.

  4. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Your class must have so much fun…guarding your muffins with a paint brush and a spray bottle? Love this work.

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