Winter Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Nine


We don’t really do any wildlife art at the studio but if we do it’s from real life and not photographs! Our bears (ursus theodorus) were fairly well-behaved and the students enjoyed the creative opportunity.

Last week, I presented an approach to watercolour painting that can help break down a complex form into it’s components. It can be easier to control soft edge techniques, for instance, within the smaller shapes of legs and ears than it is to paint the entire body of the bear with one wash.

I’ve left thin slices of white paper between the bigger shapes to show my analysis of the components. It’s not necessary to leave the white with this approach but it is important to let a shape dry before painting it’s neighbour.

Watercolour demonstration sheet by Barry Coombs

I haven’t invited the bears to pose for us for a few years now so many of the students were doing them for the first time. Those who’ve painted them in the past just had to bear with me but they’re a great subject; fun to paint and good for practice with soft edge skills.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

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2 Responses to “Winter Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Nine”

  1. Lois Says:

    Some cute Bear paintings.

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