Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight!


We’ve had some slightly unconventional still lifes over the last few weeks. Pears are a classic. They’re not overly challenging to the intermediate student so they can be a good subject for experimentation and play.

My morning and evening demonstrations turned into a real worksheet of ideas. I talked mostly about colour. Every colour on the sheet was mixed with primaries; yellow, red and blue. Except one little swatch of Raw Sienna, for comparison. Some of the studies were painted with a round and some with a flat angled brush.

At the start, I reminded everyone of the importance of ‘wire frame’ drawing (upper left). Remember those sculptures you made in high school from wire? You could see right through them. A ‘wire frame’ approach to drawing helps us understand how the various objects relate to each other in space.

Watercolour demonstration sheet by Barry Coombs

The morning students did nice work but didn’t all create much interest or depth with their backgrounds. That prompted me to suggest a silhouette approach to the evening students (top centre).

Did the evening students respond to the suggestion?

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique



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2 Responses to “Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight!”

  1. DrawingConnections Says:

    I like your still life set ups – they work well to be drawn in entirety or in parts. Lucky your students!

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