Daffodils with watercolor and gouache

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Aquario nº18, Rosemary & Co Eclipse flat nº6, Rosemary & Co Eclipse fibert nº3.
Paper : Arches rough.
Watercolor colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Cobalt violet (Schmincke), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith).
Gouache colors (Designer’s gouache Winsor & Newton) : Natural sienna, Lemon yellow, Yellow without cadmium, Winsor red, Quinacridone magenta, Ultramarine blue, Permanent white.

Creating watermarks in watercolor

This week i’m experimenting with watermarks (flowers, cauliflowers, halos…) and how to create them !

It’s a problem for beginner and they often want to avoid them, but i, in the contrary want to create them and i don’t know how anymore ! So that’s why i wanted to work it. And anyway, to understand how they are created will help you to avoid or have them in your painting as you want it !

A few elements are important when creating watermarks. First is paper : a cellulose paper (well loved by beginner) will definitely be prone to watermarks. But coton paper, as it better in the repartition of water, will make this a little bit harder. And rough paper even more ! That was my choice of paper for this video and i did have a hard time creating watermarks ! Whats creating the peculiar texture of watermarks is an inbalanced in wetness on the paper. Lots of water is added in an area that was drying. But you have to find the right timing ! I like to try to make watermarks when my paper is still very wet but mat. Timing is very important there ! And there is no secret to that : trying and exercising is the best way to find the perfect moment.

Creating watermarks in watercolor

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Aquario nº18, Rosemary&Co serie 39 1/2″.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : French ultramarine (Schmincke), Cobalt violet (Schmincke), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Payne’s grey (Sennelier), Lunar blue (Daniel Smith).

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

Mimosa in watercolor

This week i wanted to paint a subject i’ve already painted a year ago : mimosa. It’s the ideal season for mimosa here in Barcelona, they are all in bloom and for the first time i was able to see mimosa in nature !

I started to see mimosa at the florist and i wanted to paint them again as soon as i seen them. But with one of my walks around the city i realised that there is a lot of mimosa in parcs and garden in Barcelona ! Sadly the storm Gloria has made some damaged to them but that’s a real pleasure to be able to see them in real life and of course smell them !

Video of mimosa in watercolor

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Aquario nº18, Silver Brush Black velevet 1/4″ dagger shape.
Paper : Canson héritage rough.
Colors : Azur cobalt (Schmincke), Cobalt blue (Schmincke), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Nickel Azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith)

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

Watercolor but without brushes

Supplies :
Tools : natural sponge, Silicone brush Royal Talens Gum Shaper, Palette knife unknowned brand, fingers.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith).

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

Landscape backlighted in watercolor

If there is a really surprising thing here in Barcelona is that, it’s winter but everything nature wise is green and lush. It’s very pleasant to take a stroll in parks and nature in the middle of january !

So today i choose one of my pictures taken in the hill of Montjuïc, between the harbor and the city. In this location there is lots of nature, parks and gardens but also museum and structures from the olympics… The backlight is very strong, the scene is illuminated with a very mysterious lights and everything the light touch gets a touch of gold in the colors. And that’s exactly what i want in my painting : atmosphere and colors.

My choice of colors was very straight forward : Cobalt blue for this mediterranean sky and nickel azo yellow is the perfect hue for this grass enlighted by the sun. And i added a couple of other colors that i know go well with this two and here you have it ! In fact all the other colors are here to make the cobalt blue and the yellow pop a little bit more.

Landscape backlighted in watercolor

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Ultimo 1″, Escoda Ultimo nº8 rigger.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Cobalt blue (Schmincke), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Rose madder lake (Sennelier), Lavander (Daniel Smith).

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

Palm tree in watercolor

First video of 2020, in an other country, with totally different subjects and inspirations ! Happy new year ! And last start this year with a palm tree painting !

I won’t upload, this time, my reference picture because this palm tree is sitting just in the courtyard at the back of my appartement ! But it’s a fairly comun palm tree quite big and with so much different tones of greens and even orange and yellows. It’s very exotic to have a palm tree just at my window and there is even a colony of parakeet living in this tree !

It’s my first time painting a palm tree (i did paint a sunset with just silhouettes of palm tree before), and it was a very interesting exercises especially for all the mark making work. Tracing all the fine line to create the texture of the palm leaves was very fun to do ! And i was able to play a lot with colors. At first lots of green, warm and colder, touch of orange and then adding lavander to that first colors was very revealing…

Palm tree in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda aquario nº18, Silver brush black velvet 1/4″.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith).

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

Watercolor greetings cards

Greetings cards in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Raphaël le “803” nº2, Black velvet dagger shape 1/4″.
Paper : Saunders Waterford 190g/m2 rough.
Colors : WINTER FOLIAGE : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton). WINTER FOLIAGE ABSTRACT : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), ultramarine violet (Schmincke), Cobalt violet (Schmincke), Cobalt azure (Schmincke), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton), white gouache (Winsor & Newton). Stary sky : Carbazole violet (Daniel Smith), Cobalt violet (Schmincke), Neutral tint (Daniel Smith), Perlescent shimmer (Daniel Smith), Aqua Bronze riche pale gold (Schmincke). SIMPLE : Viridian (Schmincke), Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton), Aqua Bronze riche pale gold (Schmincke).

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

Cypress in watercolor

Cypress in watercolor in video

Supplies :
Brush : Escoda aquario nº18.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Cobalt blue (Schmincke), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton), Burnt sienna (Daniel Smith).

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

Big cloud in the sunset in watercolor

Big clouds in the sunset in video

Supplies :
Brush : Escoda Último 1″.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Cobalt blue (Schmincke), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Daniel Smith).

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

Dahlias in watercolor

this week i’m going back to my beloved subject : flowers ! But it’s still fall nonetheless and i’ve chosen Dahlias which bloom in fall !

This reference image was taken by me at the botanic garden in Stockholm. It was quite fascinating to see all the plants going slowly into winter and in the middle of that this patch of dahlias in full bloom. I love this flowers because they add lots of colors in a fall scene and they have beautiful and delicate associations of colors and gradients in their petals.

This subject allows me to go back to more delicate tones of pink and greens in comparison of my last painting with all the beautiful warm tones of fall. And i’m very pleased to paint loads of greenery again ! For this painting i wanted to limit my palette of colors to a triad so that i’ll gain more experience with mixing those colors together and especially with nickel azo yellow. But also because it’s easier to achieve a unity in color in a painting with less colors.

Painting dahlias in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Aquario nº18, Rosemary & Co serie 39 1/2″.
Paper : Canson Héritage hot pressed.
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Rose madder lake (Sennelier), Burnt sienna (Daniel Smith).

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