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) :

Experimenting with gouache and watercolor

This week, i wanted to show you something really different. I paint often in video very polished paintings. But i’m not painting that kind of paints all the time ! I love to experiment and try new things !

I’m painting with watercolor for years and i’ve started gouache this year. So i’m very curious how this to medium interact together. And that’s exactly what i’m doing in this week’s video. Of course it’s only the beginning of several weeks of tests. And i’m working for now just with white gouache as it’s a “forbidden” color in watercolor.

What i like mostly in this kind of experimentation is that it will refill me with tons of ideas for my next paintings. The more i test and try new things the more ideas from it i get. Experimenting is such a boost in creativity and imagination !

Experimenting with gouache and watercolor in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último nº8, Princeton Neptune 1/2″.
Paper : Canson Héritage cold pressed, Saunders Waterford rough.
Colors : Payne’s gray (Sennelier), Lunar blue (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Gouache permanent white (Winsor & Newton), wax pencil Neocolor I white (Caran d’Ache).

And here you have my two little tests finished (click to enlarge) :

Seascape in watercolor

Painting the baltic sea in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último 1″, Rosemary & Co Série 39 1/2″
Paper : Canson Héritage hot pressed.
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Yellow ochre (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Schmincke), Cobalt azur (Schmincke).

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

Fall leaves in watercolor

Once again in the theme of fall this week ! And this time i try to paint some sort of still life with leaves and a trunk.

I’m looking again at my reference picture below and i realize that it’s not a birch trunk but a regular trunk covered with moss ! Well that’s not a big deal, the texture is what’s important here ! It’s quite a very regular picture that you can see almost everywhere during fall. In order to make it more personal i changed some things in my painting. I kept the composition as it is working well in the picture, but i changed the colors a lot. I’ve used lots of warm colors as i wanted to get a very warm and cosy atmosphere.

With all the warm colors i’ve used, i balanced it with just one cold color, a blue, in order to have some contraste and also be able to have very dark colors. It will help me to get more dimension in my painting.

I didn’t have any particular goal for this painting. I just wanted to get a first try on this subject, to have fun and enjoy the moment. It’s certainly not a masterpiece, but i’ve enjoy the process and did have fun ! And that’s the most important !

Fall leaves in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda aquario nº18, Rosemary & Co série 39 1/2″.
Paper : Canson héritage hot pressed.
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Quinacridone burnt scarlet (Daniel Smith).

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

Fall forest in watercolor

This week i can finally enjoy all the colors of fall and it’s became my subject as i’m painting this forest landscape !

My reference picture above has the perfect fall colors : gold, orange, red and green. But my picture is lacking a bit of contrast. The sky was very cloudy this day so the scene has a very uniform dull light. So i don’t have strong shadows and sunlight areas. I will have to recreate a bit of light and shadow in order to create a nice atmosfere and give the scene more depth.

While i was modifying the contrast i also playing with the colors and modify them a little bit from my reference picture. I painted less greens and i added much more warm colors. I made this choice to reinforce the idea of fall and to match a little bit better my memories from the scene in real life. Working from a picture is good because it’s easier to draw an image already in 2D, but it’s even better if one use the memories from the scene in real life and add more personnal bits to it. Generally, i’m a bit disapointed by my painting when i paint a scene from a photo without living the scene myself. Our feelings and emotions are adding a lot to our art !

Fall forest in watercolor

Supplies :
Brush : Escoda aquario nº18, Rosemary&Co serie 39 1/2″.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Quinacridone burnt scarlet (Daniel Smith), Carbazole violet (Daniel Smith).

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

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) :

Hydrangeas and watercolor, experiments

This week, i’m going back a well loved subject of mine : hydrangeas. But this time i want to use this subject as an experiment for playing with colors and creating a feeling.

I have some “new” colors i’m playing with for a few weeks now but i don’t know them so well. In order to know them better, i just have to paint with them ! So i choose a fairly simple subject so that i can focus myself on the colors i’m using. Right above you can have a look at my bouquet of hydrangeas, the subject of this week’s video.

I also wanted to change my paper a little bit as i was working quite a lot with hot pressed paper this past few weeks. I’ve chosen rough paper for this one as it will enhance the granulation of some of the paints i’m using like Lunar blue and Potter’s pink. This association of color is, as i said in the video, a great surprise. Both of them are a little bit dull and Potter’s pink has some earth tone in. The mixes i get from those two are very soft and you are able to see all the pigments that composed the colors separating a little bit on the paper.

As this painting was all about experimenting with colors, some associations weren’t a success. Aussie red gold, Potter’s pink and Lunar blue are working very well together. But if i add Nickel azo yellow and cobalt violet, it’s not working anymore. It’s mainly those two last colors are way cooler and brighter than the first ones. And even if i’m a bit disappointed that it’s not working as well as i thought, i’m happy to have try and learn that i do not like it ! And it was the very goal of this experimentation !

Watercolor hydrangeas in video

Supplies :
Brush : Escoda aquario nº18, Rosemary & Co Serie 39 1/2″, Raphaël petit gris le “803” nº2.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Potter’s pink (Schmincke), Lunar blue (Daniel Smith), Quinacridone burnt scarlet (Daniel Smith), Cobalt violet (Schmincke).

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

Two years !

This week, maybe few days early, my youtube channel has reached two years of weekly video ! It’s the perfect opportunity to check my improvements. When i started to film my watercolor paintings, it’s was firstly to have a trace of what i’m capable of at this time and also of course to share my passion for this medium. So it appears quite natural to repaint my first painting in order to have a good idea of my improvements !

The subject of this first video was this beautiful bush of asters. It’s an image quite complicated with lots of elements and details. Two years ago i made the choice of simplificate everything. This year, i really want to keep the bushy effect from my reference picture. And first of all i want the dark background that make the flowers show all their transparency.

I’ve tried to use all the experiences i have gathered during this last two years. Balance between soft areas and hard edges, balance between colors and contrasts, balance in marks making with my brush… But i’ve also tried to not overthink all the process and having fun !

And the result is well worth two years of work ! I want also to take this opportunity to thanks all my subscribers (more than 2100 at this time). Thank you for following my work and watching my videos ! I didn’t have any expectation on this but i’m so very happy to be capable of helping beginners and to see some of you following me for quite some times now !

Painting Aster with watercolors in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda aquario nº18, Rosemary & Co Serie 39 1/2″, Raphaël petit gris le “803” nº2.
Paper : Canson héritage hot pressed.
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Quinacridone gold (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Lunar blue (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith), Cobalt violet (Schmincke).

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