Painting cactuses in watercolor, but at home

I did enjoy so much painting these cactuses last week, that i wanted to paint them again, but this time at home !

Just above you can have a look at my painting of last week and my reference image. I wanted to paint the same subject first because i wanted to see what i was able to do with more time and more reflexion. And seconde because i wanted to see how big of a difference would it make to make different choices along the same subject. “what’ll happened if i do that” “what if…” this questions are always running in my mind when i paint, so it was the perfect time to see their influence. A watercolor painting is the summary of all these little decisions i took along the way.

I don’t really think that the decision we make on two versions of the same subject will automatically change drastically a painting. Our style will always influence us. But i think we can get some diference in the atmosphere and the feelings of a painting. My first painting is quite all about observation without a lot of feelings. But the seconde version has a really different atmosphere, a bit darker a bit more dreamy and peaceful.

Painting cactuses in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último 1/2″ rounded flat, Escoda Último nº10 dagger.
Paper : Arches hot pressed.
Colors : Indigo (Isaro), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Yellow ochre (Daniel smith), green toundra (Schmincke), Orange toundra (Schmincke), Transparent red oxide (Daniel Smith).

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

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