Columbines in watercolor

This week i paint again a flower i’ve never painted before : columbines It’s quite a complicated flower but so beautiful ! Even the leaves are super cute, but i’ll focused on the flower here !

Before starting my painting, i like to make a quick try with gouache. It helps me with composition, colors, shapes… But lately i also draw some quick sketches with watercolor markers. And even with a really limited amount of colors (here : blue, magenta, yellow and green), i get a pretty good idea of the composition i want.

On this watercolor painting i focused myself on shapes and mark making with my brushes. I challenge myself with more difficulties : using just flat brushes and no voluntary gradient. Why ? Just because i want to push myself towards a more expressive painting with not much details and much more energy. I want a focus on shape, color masses and transparency. It’s really the perfect exercise when learning to paint loosely.

Painting columbine in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último 1″, Princeton Neptune 1/2″.
Paper : Arches hot pressed.
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Amazonite genuine (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Wisteria (Daniel Smith), Rose madder lake (Sennelier).

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

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