Spring Sustained Saturday Watercolour Class – May 2


Sustained Saturdays run from 10am – 4:30pm. We stop painting at 4pm and take half an hour to look at the work together. In other words, there’s lots of painting time. I don’t rush my morning demonstration and I strongly suggest that the students devote ample time to preliminary studies.

My demonstration focused on basics; value and colour. Some of the objects in the still life were more challenging to draw than others. An orange may not test the limits of a student with decent drawing skills but the handle on the big jar is a different story. I painted the handle (left side of sheet) in four values. Actually, I only painted three values. The lightest value (1) is the paper white itself; no paint necessary. There are two middle tones (2 & 3) and a strong dark (4).

Watercolour demonstration sheet by Barry Coombs

The warm colours of the oranges and grapefruit really glow against the blue objects and fabric. It’s not always easy to capture that essence in a painting. You could hear a pin drop in the last few hours as the students were absorbed in their work. I spend most of my time in the later afternoon reminding them to step back from their paintings and view them in an upright position. Better decisions are made from a distance and one has to keep a fresh eye. Time stepping back is never time wasted, especially on a Sustained Saturday!

Sustained Saturday Critique

Sustained Saturday Critique


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2 Responses to “Spring Sustained Saturday Watercolour Class – May 2”

  1. Lois Says:

    interesting,on values, I have a hard time with itl
    The Students did good, some nice paintings.
    Thanks always for sharing.

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