This week, i’m painting flowers again but flowers i’ve never painted before : mimosa !
Sadly i don’t have any reference picture to show you this week. I’ve worked with a real bouquet in front of me and didn’t think taking a picture of it before it turn bad… But this was a very simple flower bouquet : a branch of mimosa and some branches of eucalyptus. Nothing extraordinary but a nice armful of spring !
As i said in the video, i’m painting this kind of flowers for the first time ! They are not, i think, flowers difficult to paint. If you focus on the general aspect and on texture more than painting every details, you’ll be fine.
I’ve made some “mistakes” in this first time painting mimosa. The biggest one is my choice of yellow. I haven’t think and plan a lot before my painting (which can be a good think sometimes) so i took the first yellow i saw in my palette. Which was Winsor yellow deep. And it was way too warm for the mimosa. I have also the feeling that it dry even warmer on the paper ! But after studying my flowers in front of me, i was able to note that mimosa is more a neutral yellow hue and maybe almost on the cooler side. So i did another painting after my video and tried again with Mayan yellow (Daniel Smith) which is more neutral than the Winsor & Newton one but in comparison a lot cooler. And this was a way better choice of color !
Mimosa à l’aquarelle en vidéo
Brushes : Escoda Aquario nº18, Raphaël le “803” nº2, Silver Brush Black velvet 1/4″ in a dagger shape.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Viridian (Schmincke), Winsor yellow deep (Winsor & Newton), Quinacridone gold (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Schmincke).
And here you have the finished painting (Click to enlarge) :