Musée du Louvre

Tried to challenge myself with another complex doodlewash. This time we’re heading to the Musée du Louvre in Paris. I used a pretty limited palette again on this one for the primary colors (Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Turquoise, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna). The perspective was fairly expansive making it extra challenging.

I had absolutely zero clue how to make the fountains surrounding the main pyramid so I left them blank in the initial watercolor and came back in with white gouache to create them. Was waiting to tackle fountains until later, and realized they were actually in the scene I chose, so I had to figure something out. Still not sure how to do a proper fountain, but this is what I created in a pinch. If anyone has any tips or sites to visit on creating fountains in watercolor, leave a note in the comments below!

I loved visiting the Louvre when I was first in Paris, but haven’t been back since. I remember being overwhelmed by the sheer number of incredible pieces and completely exhausted by the end of the afternoon. It’s really a two day trip to see it properly, but I did make sure to get a peek at my hero Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa before I took my tired butt back to the hotel. It’s an amazing place and definitely required viewing when visiting Paris.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

10 replies on “Musée du Louvre

  1. The white gouache works well. I’ve been experimenting with frisket masking fluid. When you apply it you can paint over it and peel it off later leaving the white paper. Learned the tip from Davisbrotherlylove. Love the painting.


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