Here’s another video about Urban sketching !

This one was made in the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa.

It’s one of my favorite spots in Japan. Kanazawa is a very beautiful city, and the Kenrokuen Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan.

I painted in a watercolor sketchbook called “” manufactured by Global Art Materials. It has a nice square shape. The paper is good quality.

I used travel brushes: a diagonal sable brush by Rosemary’s & Co and a synthetic Perla Escoda brush, with my usual two Pocket Palettes, the blue-green one and the orange-browns one. More details here :  and . I do all my urban sketching with these pocket palettes to have lighter luggage. It seems very small but there’s more then enough paint for long trips. Even after 3 weeks of sketching every day I didn’t even use half of the paint.

The video starts with the painting. I didn’t show the drawing part so it wouldn’t be too long. The drawing was made with a fine ball point pen.

For the water I used Green earth and Perylene green.

For the autumn colors I used light ochre and raw and burnt Siena. In “real life” the colors were not very present because it was raining very hard… But I liked to put more of it in the watercolor 🙂

The structure with bamboo and ropes to protect the tree branches against winter are very special and graphical. I use light ochre. (the weight of the snow might make the branches of the old trees break, so the Japanese suspend the branches on ropes ahning from a central wooden pole next to the tree trunk)

For the shadows and tree trunks I used sepia and a grey made of orange and ultramarine blue.

The trees far away are painted without drawing to make them look far away, and painted in light Green Earth.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Happy painting 🙂








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