Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Two!


I stuck with the still life from last Saturday for the Tuesday classes. The soft forms present a unique challenge and the results from Saturday were very strong. I knew the Tuesday students would be up for it so the mittens were off!

I concentrated mostly on the mittens with my morning and evening demonstrations. Of all the various objects in the still life, the mittens are the most interesting as shapes. The thumb, however, is very important. If it isn’t distinct, the shape may not convey the essence of the mitten. I’ve tried to make the thumb as clear as possible in these studies.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

I also suggested ‘tightly-cropped’ compositions with little background area. The students responded well and really created the feeling of a messy mud room jumble.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique



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5 Responses to “Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Two!”

  1. Joanne Ross Says:

    Hi Barry, As much as I feel dismay at seeing the mittens, etc. again, I go away realising (again!) that they are excellent for teaching/learning so many important aspects of watercolour painting (which I continue to need reminding about!) Thanks!

  2. Ruth Bailey Says:

    Great colors and textures. It looks like your students got a hold on the thumbs of the mittens.

  3. Lois Says:

    Would be hard choosing a painting, the Students all did so good.
    Thanks to sharing always, and the demo;

  4. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    A very tough subject! I am impressed with their diligence and creativity.

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