Hey, time really flies!! It’s almost there! 😃
Next week, I will fly to India and will able to enjoy 17 awesome days in a different colorful culture… I am so looking forward to discovering it… and to painting it, of course! 🎨
Plus, I will have the amazing chance to lead a watercolor workshop there and I am so excited about it!! 😝
Leaving for India!! 🕌
Actually, I only made really few trips during these 15 past years and I even realized I have never been out of Europe yet!!
So, I am sure it’s going to be a life-changing adventure for me! Because of India and because of to the watercolor workshop too. 😊
I am going to visit Delhi, Varanasi (Benares) and Agra (Taj Mahal) and I will create a watercolor sketchbook in a travel journal style. 😀
As a firt step of the adventure, searching for lightweight fabric shirts (with long sleeves) and sandals shoes during winter was quite adventurous!! 😅
Hey, I even managed to, at last, find a sun hat yesterday. 😉
Watercolor paper 📖
Second step : bring enough paper!! 😁
It’s, of course, difficult to be sure how much paper I will need but I wouldn’t like not to have enough, of course!!
So, what you can see, above, are 12 big sheets of watercolor paper torn into 4 pieces each. Each piece being folded in half to create sketchbook pages. 😊
I have yet to sew them! 😉
At the end, I may create several sketchbooks with my sketches, probably one for each destination (Delhi, Varanasi and Agra). 😌
The paper I use is some Fabriano Artistico (100% cotton) 300 gsm (140 lb) cold press paper. ☺️
This enormous paper stack is quite exciting but, I admit, slightly scary too!
While I was folding the pieces, I felt a bit anxious about having to paint on aaaaaaaall thoooose sheeeeeets!!!! 😱 😅
I know I never tire of painting, though, so I am sure I will be just fine. 😊
17 days are a lot and it will be a blast to paint all the time, to teach, to discover India, to take photos, to enjoy great spicy food, to meet wonderful people, to buy colorful scarves, 😛 to visit incredible mosques, to eat cashew nuts and so much more!!!! 😝
Palette and paints 🎨
And I need paint, of course!!! 😃
Here is, below, a list of the watercolor paints I am going to bring in India.
Most of the brighter paints (especially the first row) are Sennelier paints and most of the dark and granulating colors are from Daniel Smith.
Below, S means Sennelier and DS Daniel Smith. 😉 Quin is for “quinacridone”.
First row, in my palette (bright colors) :
S Yellow Light, S Green Turquoise, S Cobalt Blue, S Cinerous blue, DS Quin Rose, S Red Madder Lake, S Cadmium Yellow Orange.
Second row (mostly special colors) :
DS Green Apatite Genuine, DS Cerulean Blue, DS French Ultramarine, S Titanium White, DS Naples Yellow, DS Goethite, DS Quin Gold.
Third row (special colors and darks) :
DS Zoizite, DS Perylene Green, DS Indigo, DS Moonglow, DS Piemontite Genuine, DS Quin Fuchsia, DS Transparent Red Oxide.
As I had some rooms near the pans, I added a piece of sponge to wipe my brush. 😊
Squirrel and sable watercolor brushes 🖌
And, with it, I will have my beloved natural hair brushes, of course!
The two, to the lefthand side, are my go to brushes :
– A pure squirrel mop, for most of the painting part, to get juicy washes. It’s a size 4 (European brush reference…).
– A sable thinner pointy brush. This is the Winsor & Newton Red Sable Pointed Round size 8 (be careful, I don’t recommend the smaller sizes… The size 5 I tried was not good). This one is for thick pigments added wet in wet, and for the details adding and calligraphic marks.
I bring three additional brushes too (in addition to my spare brushes, in the case I would lost something) :
– A one inch squirrel flat brush for geometrical shapes.
– A kolinski sable round brush my sister gave me as a gift. It’s the best quality sable but not with a point so it’s great for some round subjects. It’s also the best to lift paint and for splattering!
– A synthetic fun sword brush (medium Pro Arte sword). It’s fun to use and can be a good choice for long lines like wires and to loosen up with juicy calligraphic strokes.
So, that’s it! I think I am almost ready!!! 😀
Painting training 🌆
To set the mood, to start to work on Indian complexity and colors and to keep training myself at sketching people, I made a few sketches from photos, these days… 😝
It’s just awesome to imagine I am going to try to make these kind of sketches, on location, from next week! People will be even more difficult to catch from life, for sure! 😉
Keeping in touch during the trip 🖥
When in India, I may try to offer a few simple blog posts but I am not sure how easy or difficult it will be (to find time and to actually do it). When I am on the go, and with other people, my priority is always to enjoy the place and the people the most possible and not to spend too much time looking at a screen. 😌
So, most of my sharing may be done on Instagram and Facebook (That’s my Facebook page, related to watercolor) as it’s easier to handle on the go. Please note that you don’t need a smartphone or a tablet to enjoy my Instagram sharing! You can visit the Instagram gallery on your regular computer at this html address.
Hopefully, I will write a new blog post before leaving. 😉
Take care and create! 😃