Gibsons School of the Arts – Days Three and Four!

The Sunshine Coast has been living up to it’s name all week. It’s a very pretty place. We’re having a great time with our studio workshop at Gibsons School of the Arts but I may have to return someday to paint outdoors.



We had started a new project on Tuesday. We discussed cool and warm colours and continued to use a basic ‘soft edge’ technique within each shape in the painting. The template for our tonal studies was employed again. The paintings weren’t finished by the end of the day so we worked on them for an hour on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday Critique
We were invited to a beautiful local home for a very nice wine and cheese gathering on Tuesday evening. Our hosts were Dennis O’Brien, one of the workshop participants and Paula O’Brien, a visual artist and arts networker.

Coincidentally, our next exercise had a wine and cheese theme. The students started from my basic template but soon introduced their own ideas. One of the students even rejected the wine and cheese theme and created her own.

Preliminary drawing for watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

We concentrated on the same ‘soft edge’ techniques from our fruit paintings. I threw a new idea into the mix. We left an unpainted white line between each shape. From a practical point of view, the dry, thin white line allows one to paint adjacent shapes without having them run together. Also, the white line is an interesting element from a visual point of view.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

The group came up with some very colourful and expressive paintings. They’re a hard-working and enthusiastic bunch of artists although there has been some trepidation about our final project. Mainly, because they’ll be working from their own ideas and reference material. We embarked on our final paintings on Thursday afternoon. We have all day tomorrow to work on them. Stay tuned.

Wednesday Afternoon Critique


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3 Responses to “Gibsons School of the Arts – Days Three and Four!”

  1. weisserwatercolours Says:

    ….all these are really rather grand–my eyes dance around because there is so much energy and movement and life.

  2. William Brisland Says:

    You have just GOT to do a number on that lovely blue boat The Dolphin Prince. It’s crying out for a “Coombs Special”
    Also looks like a very successful workshop.

  3. Lois Says:

    Love this Project, and the Colors and Design, so very nice.
    Love your Boat,water scene.
    Thanks for sharing.

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