Early Branch Blossoms Watercolor Painting

Early Bloomers in Pickle Jar 2021

I like painting flowering branches in watercolor because watercolor is a medium that allows me to paint quickly enough to try to capture the feeling.

Almond Blossoms, Japaneses Scarlet Quince and Yellow Retama

These are the branch blossoms that bloom in February here in Madrid. The first three flowers I see after the cold winter are almond blossoms, Japanese quince and yellow retama.

Japanese quince and yellow retama

Here is a closer view of the Japanese quince and yellow retama in pickle jar half filled with water.

Pickle Jar with branches

These three early bloomers grow on twisting branches reaching out in every direction, so that’s why I like to put them in a pickle jar. I want to be able to paint the submerged flowers on the branches.

The Blue Curtain

The blue curtains are in the background. I opened them up and the light came in illuminating the yellow retama.

Size Reference

Here is a picture of the watercolor in full shade. My hands serve as a size reference. Thank you for reading my little watercolor adventure report. Victoria

Spring Blossom Explosion Painting 2021

The Flowers in this painting are almond tree blossoms, Japanese scarlet quince and yellow broom retama in a pickle jar.

Oil Painting of Spring Blossoms in Pickle Jar

Every spring, I go out and get a few of these flowers to paint them in glass jars.

I really like the light refraction of the stems in the water.

This detail is the pickle jar reflected in the mirror with the beveled mirror edge with a few almond blossoms in the foreground.

I have blue curtains that I got in the Rastro. I like it that they show up in the mirror and complement the Japanese scarlet quince in the foreground.

Each little petal that fell off of the almond branch had a little reflection on the table.

The white almond blossom floating on the waterline in the pickle jar was my favorite detail in the still life.

Thank you for taking the time,

Victoria

Glasswork with Early February Almond Blossoms Watercolor

Glasswork with Early February Almond Blossoms 2021

Spring flowers are blooming all around!

I took a few notes about the process. It’s really fun to paint with watercolors. I’m using 640 gsm.

I start out with a real model. Glass objects with flowers is my all time favorite thing to paint. I like color, a lot.

I work around the paper trying to give the same importance to everything in the foreground and the background.

When I finish, I carefully take the tape off and let it dry. Then I put the paper under a stack of books to flatten it. It looks so much nicer when it’s flattened.

I like to take a picture of the watercolor and the model together.

Glasswork with Early February Almond Blossoms 2021

I also take a picture of the watercolor in natural light or in full shade to show the true colors.

These two watercolors go very well together.

Glasswork with Early February Almond Blossoms 2021
Portuguese Botijo with Early Spring Blossoms 2021

Thank you for taking the time. Enjoy the spring,

Victoria