Painting plumbago in watercolor

For this week, I’ve chosen a subject inspired by one of my recent walks. Parks and gardens have reopen FINALLY in Barcelona and i was able to go to my favorite place : Jardines Mossèn Costa i Llobera. It’s a garden fill with cactus, crassulas, palm trees… And amongst the plants, I’ve found a very interesting bush, a plumbago (i’m not totally sure of the name, feel free to correct me if you know it !).

For this painting my first goal was to play with more delicate and fresh colors. Lavander, Wisteria and manganese blue hue are the hero here. These three colors are mixing so well together and create the perfect tones of soft blue/violet colors for my subject. Lavander and wisteria from Daniel Smith are opaque colors but i still managed to keep everything very fresh and flowy. And that’s because i’ve worked my first layer wet on wet. That way every colors i apply on my paper is blended and soft.

As i said in the video, i’m not totally sure if this painting is completed yet. I think it would definetly benefit of another layer of negative painting in order to add a bit more details and depth. I don’t know if i’ll dare, but we’ll see !

Painting plumbago in video

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último nº18, Escoda Último nº8 rigger, Silver brush black velvet 1/4″.
Paper : Arches rough.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Amazonite genuine(Daniel Smith), Manganese blue hue (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith), Wisteria (Daniel Smith), Opaque white (Schmincke).

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

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