Expressive sketch in watercolor

Now that i have experimented a lot with my watercolor pencils and i know what they are capable to do, i wanted to just draw and paint a quick sketch with their help.

For my subject, i’ve choose one of my last picture i’ve taken in Stockholm this past few weeks. And you can even see on this one a little patch of ice in the foreground… But this picture is quite representative of what i like in this city : warm color buildings against blue sky, nature, and simplicity. This particular building is in fact an observatory. It’s not in fonction any more but there is still a meteorological station in it wich mesure the temperature every day since 1756 !

For my sketch of this place, i wanted to have a lot of energy and spontaneity. That’s why i didn’t start with a previous sketch with just pencils. I was aiming here for painting a first impression without any filter and a bit raw. So i’m aware that this style will not please everyone but it was just freeing for me to paint without thinking about anything but the present time.

Sketch of the old Stockholm observatory in video

Supplies :
Brush : Raphaël petit gris le “803” nº2.
Paper : Saunders Waterford rough 190gsm.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Verona gold ochre (Daniel Smith), Quinacridone gold (Daniel Smith), Quinacridone burnt scarlet (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Schmincke).
Extra : White Posca, Watercolor stick cobalt turquoise light (Winsor & Newton), Watercolor pencils Earth green, Chromium green opaque, Caput mortuum violet (Faber-Castell).

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

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