Since I have some free time on my hands and also the weather today was surprisingly encouraging, I went to do some outdoor watercolour sketching. I wanted to practice painting trees, which I think are my weak point (when painting in watercolours) so I went to the Korakuen Japanese garden. This time, I first drew pencil lines then used my portable watercolours set. I added some details and lines using pastels back at home.
Medium: Cotman Watercolour paper B5 Medium 270g/m
Lines: 4B and B mitsu-bishi pencil
Colours: My Winsor&Newton, Schmincke 24 colours watercolour set and pastels
I recently got a small set of Japanese hi-pigment watercolours - 12 colours box made by Kuretake. This particular set is a selection of typically Japanese colours. I decided to test this set painting a scene based on a photo from a Japanese garden I visited recently. I was very positively surprised by the quality of the paints and will talk more about them in a video of the painting process. (I will upload it shortly when I find some time to edit it.)
Kyushu is the third largest island in Japan, and is known for its lush green gardens, and thermal hot springs. Home to a chain of volcanoes, including Japan’s most active volcano, Mt Aso, Kyushu is sometimes referred to as “Land Of Fire”.
The island has six national parks, and numerous Japanese gardens all around the island, that feature vibrant colours and unique shapes.