SM de Allende, Mexico – Saturday


I’m back in lovely San Miguel de Allende for my annual ten-day watercolour workshop. We arrived late Thursday night and took it easy yesterday. This morning, I took the group behind the hotel for a demonstration.

What do the following two images have in common? My watercolour study is an extreme simplification of the view on the right. SM de Allende is rich in detail but colour and light are paramount. I’ve used basic blocks of colour in this little study. Restricting the shapes to blocks prevents me from overworking it and getting distracted by ‘realism’. It also keeps my focus on my goals of establishing a pattern and colour harmony. Remember this is only a preliminary study but it can be an important step towards a successful sustained composition.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs IMG_4940

Everyone settled in to work for the day. We stayed on the hotel property and there was no shortage of spectacular subject matter.



IMG_4943   IMG_4947IMG_4982


After a lunch break, we got back to work.

Stewart at Work  Nila at Work


It was a brilliant day and we wound it up with a critique in our studio, Salon Aldama. The work was terrific and a great start to our workshop.





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3 Responses to “SM de Allende, Mexico – Saturday”

  1. Phil Says:

    Great stuff! I can see Marlene is there. Keep up the good work, all. Sorry we’re not there.

  2. William Brisland Says:

    Oh for shorts and a T shirt just like you down there!
    Enjoy your stay.

  3. Lois Says:

    Love the Block painting, and such Beautiful pictures…
    What the Group painting, very nice…
    Thanks always for sharing,as I probably will get to Mexico, but
    love what’s in the pictures.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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