Painting artichokes flower in watercolor

This week i’m trying a subject i’ve worked a year ago : artichoke’s flowers !

Just above, you can see of course my reference picture but also my first watercolor painting of this subject (my biggest painting for now) and a study i made with oils paints (first time i was painting with oils !). But before starting this new painting, i didn’t look at them so that i wasn’t influenced by the choices i made in my first try. So the result this time is quite different but also interesting !

I’ve made a big change right away : i decided to paint a dark background so that the flowers would be lighter in order to pop against the background. And this tiny decision has changed all the mood of this painting !

Painting artichoke’s flowers in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último nº18, Raphaël petit gris 903 nº12.
Paper : Canson Héritage hot pressed.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Rose madder lake (Sennelier), Quinacridone burnt scarlet (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith), Sodalite genuine (Daniel Smith).

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

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