SM de Allende, Mexico – Wednesday

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

We headed out of town on Wednesday to historic Atotonilco. I knew what was in store and that was lots of domes, towers and belfries. My demonstration had two main themes. First of all, I discussed the basic volumes that make up an architectural form. Can we analyze the tower in terms of spheres, cones, cylinders and cubes? Doing so gives us a greater understanding of the subject and also leads to my second theme; light and shadow.

The light changes over the course of the day and, if the sun goes behind a cloud, shadows can’t be seen at all. Understanding the forms we’re painting helps us light the forms effectively.

The cathedral and ruins at Atotonilco are quite spectacular. It’s a quiet town and only about twenty minutes away from SM de Allende. We hopped in our taxis and got there in no time.

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It’s a very popular spot with my students and you can see why. As usual, we gathered back at the studio for our critique.

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As we wound up our critique, thunder crashed and the skies opened up for about 30 minutes. Soon, the sun was back out and we were treated to a fabulous double rainbow. Another great day in San Miguel de Allende.

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4 Responses to “SM de Allende, Mexico – Wednesday”

  1. Susan Power Says:

    Nice!

  2. melisnorth Says:

    Light and form are some of my favourite art topics and I wish I knew more and how to apply it effectively. The local looks sublime! Love these workshop posts, though it does make me green with envy 😉

  3. Lois Says:

    Oh, Wow!! What beautiful buildings, and the Rainbow.
    Would have loved to be with this Group. The Art is so good too.
    Never see a Bad one….
    Thanks so much for Sharing. I love the mini lesson you did.
    Helpful…
    Lois

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