Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Six!


A monochromatic still life is a great way to study light and shadow. Values are easier to see and understand without any conflict from different colours. Although we are mid-term at the moment, I still thought it’d be worth spending time on a subject like these wooden objects. As you’ll see below, many of  the Tuesday students went beyond a basic value study and found ways to create some special paintings.

I concentrated on value and colour with my demonstrations. My main goal with value was to set off one or two light objects to as much advantage as possible. For example, in each painting, I’ve darkened the upper wooden bowl so it doesn’t compete with the brightly lit utensils.

My morning study uses an analogous colour relationship of yellow and green. These are landscape colours and they’re easy on the eye. My evening study is more of a complementary choice of orange and blue. Neither the orange or blue are intense but they still give the study a vibrant quality.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

Who’d know that these banal, everyday kitchen articles could become so glamorous?

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique



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