Painting a pond with waterlilies in watercolor

This week, i wanted to work again on the same subject than last week, but with a twist : a pond full of waterlilies !

This time i don’t want to paint the waterlilies themselves, but the context to it, their environnement. In the garden where i found the waterlilies, there is a series of ponds on the side of the walkway. Each pond is link to the next with a little paved canal and the water is falling like a small waterfall into the next pond. And that’s exactly what i want to paint in this video.

The difficulty of this painting will depend on the level of realism you want in it. For me i decided to lower the realisme by simplifying a lot the structure of the waterfall and the walls. The perspective is not really accurate, and maybe kquite wrong. But it’s not a problem for me because i want to emphasize the feeling of the scene, the atmosphere. So i worked a lot with contrasting colors in order to give life to the scene.

Painting a pond with waterlilies in video

Painting a pond with waterlilies in watercolor

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último 1″ flat, Escoda Último 1/2″ oval, Silver brush Black Velvet 1/4″ dagger shape.
Paper : Arches rough 300g/m2.
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Indigo (Isaro), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Yellow ochre (Daniel Smith), Transparent red oxide (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith).

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

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