Painting rain in watercolor

Fall is my favorite season for the colors, but sometimes the weather isn’t helping my inspiration. So this week i try to make it out for all the bad weather we had recently and paint the rain !

I don’t have any reference picture to show today, because i just had to watch the outside from my window to see my subject. And taking a picture from the window would have end up to be just lots of gray and nothing really interesting. But i’m sure you can picture the weather of a cold fall day with rain and lots of wind…

Even if those gloomy days look like monochromatic, i really prefered to add some colors to the grays. Of course with this particular subject i’m not using my most vibrant colors, but colors that are a bit dull and and bit earthy. So i’m working mostly with potter’s pink, lunar blue and bloodstone genuine. This mix of colors is very easy to work with and they go very well together. In order to add a little twist to them i’m also adding ultramarine violet and Aussie red gold.

The colors i’ve chosen are mostly granulating colors. Only aussie red gold is a uniform color. This granulation is more than welcome because it will help me to get more texture to the clouds and the rain and make my painting a bit more interesting. And my paper will also help the granulation. I’ve chosen rough paper so that the granulation will show even more and also because it’s easier to have soft edges and nice gradient with that type of paper. It’ll help me to have the impression of clouds.

Painting rain in video

Supplies :
Brush : Escoda Aquario nº18.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Lunar blue (Daniel Smith), Bloodstone genuine (Daniel Smith), Potter’s pink (Schmincke), Ultramarine violet (Schmincke).

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

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