Breaking down a still life in watercolor

Last week i did paint a still life, a work of observation before anything else. But this week, i’ll rely on my memories of the scene and create a breaking down of my first painting, more spontaneous and free.

Picture of my previous painting and the scene of still life

Observation work is really great to learn how to… observe and draw with the right proportions. It’s interesting to do but sometimes the final result can be a bit to stiff. So in order to relax a little and put in practice what we observed, let’s create a “breaking down”. There is maybe a better word for that. But what i want to say, is just taking the elements of the first painting and work them again in a more spontaneous and expressive way. No reference image here, because what’s really matter here is work with our memory dans feelings.

Breaking down of a watercolor still life in vidéo

Décomposition de nature morte à l'aquarelle

For this painting i’ve tried not to think too much about composition, colors and drawing… I’ve just let it go. The sketch was very quick to make with no precision at all. I’ve moved, superposed, tangled the elements of my previous scene in order to create a new one. Maybe this new composition isn’t perfect but i don’t care. The important thing here is to let go and just create.

The final result is looking a bit drafty, but it has more impact than the previous one and it tells a story. A story of summer, fruits and freshness. So maybe this image isn’t totally done, there is work to do, but i have the feeling that i took a step in the right direction. And i really expressed myself on the paper !

Brushes : Escoda Aquario nº18, Raphaël le “803” nº2, Silver Brush Black Velvet 1/4″ dagger shape.
Paper : Arches cold pressed
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Daniel Smith), Permanent alizarine crimson (Daniel Smith), Winsor yellow deep (Winsor & Newton), Viridian (Schmincke).

Here you have the final painting and a details (click to enlarge) :

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