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SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO – FULL
March 24 – April 3, 2011

CHARLEVOIX, QUEBEC, CANADA
July 17 – 23, 2011

GRAND MANAN ISLAND, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA
July 24 – 30, 2011

PUGLIA, ITALY
September 22 – October 7, 2011

Barry Coombs brings over twenty years of experience to his plein air workshops and painting holidays. Wonderful memories linger from our visits to Sicily, Rhodes, Provence and Tuscany. Reliability, excellent organization and a positive learning experience are all features of these creative learning experiences.

Destinations for 2011 include San Miguel de Allende (FULL), charming Charlevoix, Quebec and scenic Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick.

***Our newest exciting painting holiday will take place in the beautiful Puglia region of Italy this September.

Instruction focuses primarily on watercolour painting and pen and ink sketching with and without wash, although artists working in other media are always welcome. Demonstrations, individual attention and constructive critiques are provided throughout these workshops. Many participants come back again and again. Non-painters have enjoyed these trips, as well.

Reliability, excellent organization and a positive learning experience are all features of these creative learning experiences.

Click here to view photos of past painting holidays.

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Thanks for all of your positive comments from the past few weeks. I’ve been quite busy with trying to learn a new content management system for my website (progress is slow) and planning this year’s painting holidays such as September’s trip to the Puglia region of Italy. I look forward to catching up with your comments and blogs soon.

We worked from the same still-life that I’d set up for the Saturday class. Lots of challenges but everyone seemed to be stimulated by it. That’s me with my demonstration. The students are all behind me. The demonstration isn’t very big, about 8 1/2 x 5″. I worked quickly although it still took over twenty minutes. While painting, I reviewed some of the brush-handling techniques we’ve been focusing on lately. I also discussed some ideas that I’ll return to over the next few weeks.

The classes are three hours long and I’d already taken up some of that time. I suggested that the students zoom in on a small area of the still-life and not do too much. Still, some of them managed to do two paintings in the alloted time.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

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I set up a fairly elaborate still-life for the Saturday group yesterday. The students used viewfinders to focus on particular areas of the arrangement.

We continued to practise soft-edge techniques and brush-handling skills. I’ve shown two details of a teapot above. Each was done in three or four steps. In the demonstration below, you’ll see the lid of a copper teapot. The swatches on the left helped me plan colour and values.

This still-life demanded a lot of attention to drawing and we discussed ways to approach a fore-shortened object and, also, how to place a handle convincingly on a stein or teapot. Check out the work.

Sustained Saturday Critique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TEMPLAR

The John B. Aird Gallery is hosting it’s 12th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition from February 8 – March 4, 2011.

I’m pleased to announce that my drawing, TEMPLAR, has been accepted for the exhibition.

TEMPLAR is a work in pen and ink over wash and resist. It is 28.7 x 20.6 cm. The drawing is inspired by sketches made on the island of Rhodes during a painting holiday I led there in 2007.

The John B. Aird Gallery is located in the Macdonald Block at 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley) in Toronto and is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am – 6 pm.

The Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, February 10 from 6 – 8 pm. All are welcome.

 

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The teddy bears have been trying to get out of their box lately. I agreed to let them out if they promised to sit still for two classes yesterday.

The bears are a very different subject than last week’s ceramic objects but I suggested that we use the same technique. This involves wetting an area with a light wash and touching darker paint into the wet area. I divided my demonstration into individual components (arms, legs, ears, etc.). I separated the components, as you can see below, in order to make my analysis more obvious to the students.

The students didn’t leave the white spaces between the various shapes but did find it useful to paint the arms and legs, for instance, one at a time. It allowed more control over the soft-edge technique. However, it demanded other things. Enough paint had to be mixed, ahead of time, to maintain colour consistency in each bear.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

 

 

 

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