Spring Sustained Saturday Watercolour Class – May 7


Spring is finally here! It’s almost time for painting ‘en plein air’ and yesterday was the final studio Sustained Saturday class of  the season. It’s been a very long time since I included these wooden objects, with their interesting patterns, in a still-life. They went well with the citrus fruit and gave the arrangement a tropical quality.

I discussed a few different elements with my demonstration, including drawing the oddly-shaped wooden dishes. All of those colour swatches had a purpose, as well. Each group of five vertical swatches shows the main colours of the still-life. The horizontal bars of colour are ideas for creating a harmonious background colour. Which one would you choose?

Watercolour demonstration sheet by Barry Coombs

The students were intrigued by the patterns on the wooden vessels. They spent a lot of time on them and used both positive and negative approaches to solve this interesting painting problem. So, what colours did they choose for their backgrounds? Have a look!

Sustained Saturday Critique

Sustained Saturday Critique


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One Response to “Spring Sustained Saturday Watercolour Class – May 7”

  1. Susan Power Says:

    These turned out beautifully Everyone! What a mix of approaches. Well worth the effort.

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