Painting gazanias in watercolor

This week, i wanted to paint a flower form south africa, also seen in south of france and in spain : gazanias.

I based this painting on this two reference pictures. When i work with reference pictures i not always just copy what’s on the pitcture, i like to change and combine what i see in order to create my own view on the subject.

This gazanias are really colorful flowers and it was a real pleasure to paint them. For once i didn’t work the shadows in some tones of purple, but i used some dark oranges and red so that i can keep the fire feel in the color. This choice of color helps me also to get a really hot summery feel to this painting because all the colors i’m using are quite warm colors. You can almost feel the sunshine and the hot temperature !

Painting gazanias in video

Peindre des gazanias à l'aquarelle

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último 1″, Princeton Neptune 1/2″.
Paper : Arches cold pressed 640g/m2.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton), Rose madder lake (Sennelier).

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

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