Wisteria and house front in watercolor

This week i’m fighting the cold in Stockholm by painting a picture i took during last spring : a house front in London with a lovely wisteria climbing the wall.

That’s totally crazy how much houses nearby London have wisteria on their wall ! Wisterias and english style make beautiful neighborhood. During my trip there i’ve made some sketches of these houses. But today i wanted to paint something more in the same loose style i painted another house. A freer style, much more in simplification and impression than a very realistic picture.

So i painted a first try on one of my watercolor sketchbook. I’ve tested my colors, but also diverse elements i wanted to try in order to add texture. So i tested some watercolor pencils and a fountain pen. I’ve made marks with them and try different textures. But i have to say that the watercolor pencils wasn’t a good idea as i didn’t have the right shade to match my painting. But it was quite interesting nonetheless, and i hope i’ll be able to talk about them more in a near futur. The fountain pen was much more interesting, but i think it’s more convenient for a sketchbook and i don’t really use it for bigger painting.

But i didn’t end up using all this research in my final painting. They allow me to have a better idea of what i wanting and it was nice to try something else. One thing i should have been more careful about it was my sketch. I could have avoid this big mistake of perspective !

Watercolor of a house with wisteria in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Raphaël le “803” nº2, Silver Brush Black velvet 1/4″ dagger shape.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Viridian (Schmincke), Verona gold ochre (Daniel Smith), Quinacridone gold (Daniel Smith), Rose madder lake (Sennelier), Quinacridone burnt scarlet (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith).

And here you have the finished painting (click to enlarge) :

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