Corot-Like Composition

Today’s watercolor experiment: Following my warmup exercise (Warmup and New Brushes), I painted a full size (9″x12″) painting in the style of Corot. One of the authors of the Tate Watercolor Manual*, Tony Smibert, inspired today’s experiment with his 2005 composition ‘After Corot’. I used the same color scheme as in my warmup exercise: burnt […]

Warmup and New Brushes

Today’s warmup exercise: I’m still on the chapter about Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot in the Tate Watercolor Manual.* Corot was known for the balance in his watercolors and oil paintings. The book shows that some of his compositions are in spatial balance, equivalent to the Taoist symbol of Yin Yang. In fact, the Yin Yang symbol can be […]


Today’s watercolor experiment: I am working with the Tate Watercolour Manual today, as I have been for the past several weeks. I expanded my work from the smaller panels in my warmup exercise (see Lesson 12) to reproduce one of the exercises in the book onto larger paper (9″x12″). The composition today was inspired by […]

Lesson 12 – Composition

The next lesson in the Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend, the book I am studying, addresses composition. The authors chose to feature the work of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot to demonstrate balance of design. The art historian Ernst Gombrich notes (The Story of Art) that Corot strived for ‘clarity and balance’ […]