Painting a strawberry tree with Isaro’s watercolors

This week, i took the opportunity to add to my paper order some colors from a belgian brand : Isaro, that i wanted to try for a long time. So when i received my order i couldn’t wait to try them with a strawberry tree as subject !

I’ve found this bushes on the outside of a public square, on my way to the cactus garden. I was looking for fall berries in every plants arond me and i’ve finally found them in this Strawberry tree !

I’ve chosen to paint them with gouache first, in order to have an idea of my subject and just have fun with gouache. The texture on the fruits are really granular and i don’t think i’ve done a good job at rendering that. But i do like the feeling of the gouache version and it’s almost as if the light was coming from the fruit ! With this version done, i was able to start the watercolor version and taking a step back from the subject in order to focus all my attention on my new colors.

The Isaro‘s watercolors are handmade watercolor designed by a color passionate lady and they are very very pleasent to work with ! The colors are really packed with pigment and the texture is perfect. They contain honey like the Sennelier watercolor and i like how smooth the texture is with honey ! If you want also to splurge on these handmade watercolor they are available at Jackson’s art Supplies.

Strawberry tree with Isaro’s colors in video

Peindre un arbousier avec les aquarelles ISARO

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último 1″, Raphaël petit gris 903 nº12.
Paper : Arches hot pressed.
Colors : Prussian blue (Isaro), Indian yellow (Isaro), Perylene red (Isaro), Sodalite genuine (Daniel Smith). Watercolor pencils Faber-Castell : Dark indigo, Caput mortuum violet, Chromium green opaque, Naples yellow and Pompeï red.

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

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