Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Seven!


You never know what the reaction will be when the students walk into the studio and see a new still life. Fortunately, the response to this pile of brick and stone was quite positive.

I discussed the relationship between three-dimensional form and texture. Texture, essentially, can be suggested by small marks and shapes. These can be created by adding or lifting paint. Texture can also be shown on the edge of an object; a broken or irregular edge rather than a smooth edge. Texture is fun! However, texture should not overwhelm the basic light and shadow relationship that gives a three-dimensional quality to objects in the painting. Too many textural marks in an area of direct light can ‘kill’ the light and make the stone or brick appear flat.

Watercolour demonstration sheet by Barry Coombs

As I mentioned, the response to the still life was positive but I may have understated it. The students really enjoyed it. The basic forms are relatively simple and they proved to be a fairly forgiving painting  subject. I’m particularly pleased with the background solutions the students came up with for these old stones and bricks.


Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

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3 Responses to “Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Seven!”

  1. ErinHill Sketching Says:

    Funny thing, but we are doing rocks this week too. XXE

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