Winter Watercolour Classes at Arts on Adrian – Week Two!

We’ve had some weather! Currently, we’re suffering our second day of traffic tangles and school and business closures due to an ice storm. Last week, a blizzard forced me to postpone my Tuesday afternoon class in Toronto until this week, barely ahead of the ice and freezing rain. Last night, my Wednesday class in Dundas was canceled and a makeup will be scheduled. Anyway, this post from Arts on Adrian is overdue.

I found these decorative violins at a thrift shop last December and I couldn’t wait to include them in a still-life. The Sustained Saturday students got first crack at them. This is a capable and experienced group and, rather than discuss techniques, I talked about colour. Often, I find a small colour sketch useful to plan and harmonize the palette for a painting. My demonstration illustrates our discussion.

All of the students considered their colours ahead of time and most completed some sort of small study. I was particulary drawn to the simplicity and effectiveness of this one by George H.

Watercolour study
by George H.

The day went very well. I did notice, however, that drawing the violins was a challenge to all and it took a lot of time to do so. With that in mind, I gave the Tuesday students a quick refresher on a sound approach to drawing using basic shapes as a starting point in addition to a brief chat about colour.

Everyone enjoyed the still-life and I think it shows in the work. Stay safe and warm out there and thanks, as always, for your likes and comments. Don’t forget to click on a critique image to view a larger version!

Sustained Saturday Critique

Tuesday Critique

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4 Responses to “Winter Watercolour Classes at Arts on Adrian – Week Two!”

  1. Ruth Bailey Says:

    Barry, you have such varied and inventive set ups! They must be a pleasure to paint.

  2. Barry Coombs Says:

    I try. Thanks for noticing. They’re a lot of work.

  3. Lois Says:

    I enjoyed all but, really helped me with drawing the violin, drew a Violin, but did not turn out as good as yours, So thanks for sharing.
    Lois

  4. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    As always I learn from your post. Thank you!

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