Painting purslane in watercolor

This week i was inspired by another plant on my balcony’s little garden : purslane.

I love this plant because this is a very generous plant. For several weeks now, my plant is covered in flowers everyday, almost 30-40 flowers a day ! The flower itself is not very durable, they last a few hours only. But everyday ! I started painting this plant during the world watercolor month’s challenge because the prompt abundant was clearly made for this plant. So i painted it on a tiny sheet and you can see the result above on the right.

This little painting was so fun to do that i couldn’t resist to try it again on a bigger sheet for this week’s video. There is no difficulty or specific technique here. I just played with my brush and brush handling in order to make my work easier. The flat brush with a roung edge is the perfect tool for the flowers, because this specific shape makes painting petals so much easier.

For this painting i tried to restrain my color palette and i used mostly a triad : indanthrene blue, nickel azo yellow, winsor red. The only exception is amazonite genuine. I added this color because i like the soft granulation of it and it helps me to get more diversity in the greens.

Painting purslane in video

Supplies :
Brushes: Escoda Último nº18, Raphaël petit gris 903 nº12.
Paper : Arches hot pressed.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Amazonite genuine (Daniel Smith), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton).

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

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