November 5, 2019
How I get inspired for my Christmas watercolor paintings
I love Christmas. I love Christmas paintings, Christmas decoration, the smell of roasted chestnuts in the street, going to the theatre at night, walking around with a heavy coat, a scarf and a hat, shopping for your loved ones, drinking hot chocolate while snowing.
So it goes without saying that every Christmas, I go shopping to take photos of beautiful and funny Christmas decoration. I then sit at my desk, look at the photos and get inspired to paint. You can also read about my 2018 Christmas painting challenge at my blog (30 Days of Christmas in watercolors).
Below I show you how I turn an image into watercolor art. My usual process is to brainstorm, use artistic license, combine, add or remove items from the photo, make abstract etc. Since these are illustrations, I usually use Pebeo watercolor inks on hot pressed watercolor paper (Hahnemuhle, 600 gsm) and rarely paint shadows and tones, rather keep it simple.
The first one is a photo I took of a reindeer and a crystal ball. I made this photo slightly different by changing the inside of the crystal ball from a red cardinal to a home, as it made more sense to me and (reindeer missing its home in Christmas).
Finally, I painted an illustration of a boat with snowmen based on a decoration I saw. I changed the snowmen making them more chubby.