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Syn Studio Classwork: First Demo

October 7, 2013

Last week was the first session of my 10 week watercolor course at Syn Studio.  I started people out with some very simple still life situations. The old Fruit and Veggies. I just wanted them to try out the use of wet-on-dry zones to separate shapes with hard edges. (Work loose inside firebreaks of dry paper). I started that Mango with the ‘Drawing with Clear Water‘ trick.


I talked about working in three passes – Tea Milk Honey – but with something this simple it might have been hard for them to see the benifit of that. Tomorrow night however, we’ll be doing much more complicated studies. The learning curve starts immediately! (Oh I also did a tiny tentative bit of scratched paper on those limes. Thanks J.S.Sargent! Good trick).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2013 10:25 PM

    Nice technique and nice results all around. Winning touch is the very good control over letting the white of the paper show through the color washes, which make for great textural highlights on the fruits and excellent texture and visual floor on the surface below the fruits.

  2. October 8, 2013 4:12 AM

    Right. I just wanted to add: lovely :D

  3. Sam permalink
    October 15, 2013 3:47 PM

    Us ultra beginners would definitely benefit from seeing your three pass technique Tea Milk Honey applied to a simple subject like this ! yes please !

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