Painting an hibiscus in watercolor

After last week video about this montage of elements i love at the cactus garden i wanted to paint the hibiscus alone !

Fleurs d'hibiscus

It’s quite a subject where i feel confident. I’m painting flowers since years and years, but red flowers have always been difficult for me. Red is, for me, so hard to paint. I feel i put enough pigment in the first layer but once it’s dry… i realize it’s not enough. Even with the trick to apply yellow before, i struggle to get a satisfying saturation.

It’s not a real issue, because i can always apply more layers in order to get the color. And it’s even possible to see here an opportunity here : i can take more time to builde texture and volume ! But sometimes i would love to have the punch of the red right of the bat…

Peindre un hibiscus à l’aquarelle en vidéo

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último nº18, Escoda Último nº8 rigger, Silver brush Black velvet 1/4″ dagger shape.
Paper : Arches rough.
Colors : Manganese blue (Daniel Smith), Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Amazonite genuine (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton), wisteria (Daniel Smith).

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

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