My new challenge for 2017: learn watercolors!

I have always been inspired by the work of Hazel Soan, a British artist working out of studios in London and Cape Town and on location throughout the world. I bought one of her book (Hazel Soan’s African Watercolours – 2003) and I used to spend time looking at the brightness and softness of her watercolors. She is the reason why I started to purchase some watercolors.

I remember using this medium back when I was living in the United Kingdom 5 years ago. I used to put way too much water on my paper which resulted into very uncontrasted paintings. I was disappointed. I wanted to succeed immediately and had no patience at all. Since that experience, I had totally stopped watercolors and focused more on acrylic, a medium I do like very much.

Winter sunset: point of view - watercolors on paper, format A4

Winter sunset: point of view – watercolors on paper, format A4

At the beginning of this year, I found again in my studio my little wooden box of watercolors that I purchased earlier in the UK. I find it funny that I kept this box all these years without trying again. Therefore, I decided to buy some good quality paper (+300g) and finally decided to work on this medium seriously.

It was not an easy task but since January, I have spent hours working with watercolors. Five years after my unsuccessful attempt, I can now say that I love this medium. I still have so many tips to learn of course but my I have made so much progress since the last time. My paintings are more precise and I try to add less water but more pigment.

 

 

 

Une bouteille à la mer, watercolors on paper, format A4

Une bouteille à la mer, watercolors on paper, format A4

Somewhere only we know - Watercolors on paper, format A4

Somewhere only we know – Watercolors on paper, format A4

Winter sunrise in a nutshell - watercolor on paper - format A4

Winter sunrise in a nutshell – watercolor on paper – format A4

Autumn, watercolors on paper, format A4

Autumn, watercolors on paper, format A4

Windows - watercolors on paper - format A4

Sit down and enjoy the sunset - watercolors on paper - format A4

Sit down and enjoy the sunset – watercolors on paper – format A4

Golden hours in the life of a bird - watercolors on paper - format A4

Golden hours in the life of a bird – watercolors on paper – format A4

Scent of Spring - watercolors on paper, format A4

Scent of Spring – watercolors on paper, format A4

Butterfly under the sun

Butterfly under the sun

Legendary Parrots, watercolors on paper, format A4

Legendary Parrots, watercolors on paper, format A4

Birds of Paradise - watercolors on paper, format A4

Birds of Paradise – watercolors on paper, format A4

Birds of Paradise - watercolors on paper, format A4

Birds of Paradise – watercolors on paper, format A4

Birds and blue flowers - watercolors on paper - format A4

Birds and blue flowers – watercolors on paper – format A4

Follow the birds, watercolor on paper - format A4

Follow the birds, watercolor on paper – format A4

Lady in Red, watercolors on paper, format A4

Lady in Red, watercolors on paper, format A4

Quick sketch, watercolors on paper, format A4

Quick sketch, watercolors on paper, format A4

Grape vine - watercolors on paper - format A4

Grape vine – watercolors on paper – format A4

Quick sketch - watercolors on paper - format A4

Quick sketch – watercolors on paper – format A4

View on the Isle of Skye - version 3 - Watercolors on paper - format A3

View on the Isle of Skye – version 3 – Watercolors on paper – format A3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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