Sustained Saturday Watercolour Class – January 9

Cups and Mugs - still life by Barry Coombs

Winter term kicked off at the Arts on Adrian studio in Toronto yesterday. I always put a lot of thought and time into the preparation of my still life setups.  I’d been thinking about an interesting way to display these everyday cups and mugs and it came together when I found this crate at Ikea.

I started the day with a drawing review. Ellipses are always challenging. Following that, I suggested a way to simplify the crate in order to bring out the light on the cups and mugs. My first, and lightest, wash on the crate is darker than the light on the cup. This helps to clarify the relationship between the two.

Drawing demonstration by Barry Coombs  Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

All of the students took advantage of the full day and spent quite a bit of time drawing the objects in their sketchbooks before beginning their watercolour paintings. The practice paid off. There are two more Sustained Saturdays this term. Why don’t you join us? Check out the Winter Studio Calendar here.

Sustained Saturday Critique

Sustained Saturday Critique


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2 Responses to “Sustained Saturday Watercolour Class – January 9”

  1. Dottie Says:

    Very cool still life! I miss you and wish I could have been there. (Ellipses are still hard for me!) We drove back from Midland Michigan today, where we had stayed overnight to visit friends, and Dave pointed out a northern shrike and a bald eagle. Lots of ducks and other waterfowl at the ponds in Midland, too. 🙂

  2. Lois Says:

    Love this lesson, and the painting are so great.
    Thanks for sharing,

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