GUEST ARTIST: “Telling A Story With Watercolours” by Subhajit Paul

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Hello, my name is Subhajit Paul and I am from Assam, India. I am a self taught artist. I have not taken any professional course or training in art, however, I was introduced to the art world by my father. He was my first Master and is still a great inspiration to me today.

I do paint in almost all media, but watercolour is my favorite medium. The unexpected outcome of this medium has always been challenging and interesting to me.

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I paint mostly in a wet in wet style…

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor Painting by Subhajit Paul - Doodlewash

I do a sketch after stretching the paper. Then I wet the paper again and release the colours when it is damp and try to maintain the dampness until the end.

I try to maintain a limited palette that includes Viridian Green, Hooker’s Green, Cobalt Blue, Prussian blue, Burnt Sienna, Vermilion, Lemon Yellow, Indian Yellow, Payne’s Grey, Mauve, and that’s it.

I am very inspired by nature, which is reflected in my paintings. Painting nature’s tiny and unnoticed objects in watercolour is really a fun and quite interesting. I am inspired by the regular and common stories of life as well.

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Mostly I paint on cold pressed rough paper that helps to get a good texture. Plein air and composition are used to develop my works.

Plein air is quite interesting and full of versatile scopes. Sometimes, I do take snapshots also of interesting objects, which I use later on to develop my compositions.

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Visiting galleries, exhibitions, and attending workshops help a lot to develop new ideas, and styles of works.

Watercolour Painting Tools And Accessories

Paper: A properly-sized good quality paper is the most important for a watercolour painting. I do prefer acid free 100% natural cellulose paper. The texture of the paper has a vital role in the painting. I prefer rough and matte texture. Brands like Fabriano, Brusto, Chitrapat, Indian handmade, Waterford, and Arches, are my selected choices.

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Pencil: For defining shapes and compositions I do a little sketching before watercolour painting. I prefer a 10B pencil for sketching, because of its softness. Hard lead pencils leave a mark on the paper which gets prominent after colouring.

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Brushes: Good quality brushes are my first preference. I do use a big round sable haired brush to release a big wash. Flat brushes are used to give shapes to the objects. A rigger brush is used to draw fine lines and detailing.

Paper Stretching: For stretching the paper, I wet the paper throughly and keep it on the board. Then, I use water soluble tape to fix the four sides of the paper on the board. And I then let it dry for a few hours. After it is fully dry, the paper gets stretched and is ready for painting. By using this method, the cockling of the paper can be avoided.

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Colouring Methods:  After a little sketching, I wet the paper and release the suitable colours accordingly on the parts and items of the painting following a wet into wet wash. After the paint gets half dried, the finishing touch is done with fast brush strokes concentrated with colours.

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I always try to avoid overworking the painting, which rather makes the painting dull and blunt.

I try to follow one basic rule in watercolour painting: Minimum Work with Maximum Impact. In watercolour painting, maximum works generally destroy the mysterious aspect of the painting. Too much detailing in watercolour dissolves the softness making the painting less interesting.

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Subject Of The Painting: I am not confined to any special subject, at least to date. However, most of the Masters of watercolour have been witnessed to be confined to one or two subjects. I try to avoid too many objects in the painting, which can distract the viewers. I like to paint keeping a story in the painting.

Subhajit Paul

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  1. Rhonda Caplan 10 months ago


  2. Janneke Booister 10 months ago

    Thank you for showing us your art and the story behind it. 🙂

  3. Robin Edmundson 10 months ago

    Beautiful work! Great tips! Thank you.

  4. Delores Azary 10 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your art with us!

  5. Sandra Strait 10 months ago

    Your art is amazing. Thank you for sharing your process and palette choices with us.

  6. Rod Fletcher 10 months ago

    Your palette is fascinating. No doubt partly to do with where you live, but obviously artistic choice also. It is a breath of fresh air.

  7. Pamela Smith 10 months ago

    Beautiful work and your in depth story was enlightening. Thank you

  8. Sharon Nolfi 10 months ago

    Fantastic light and painting of water in your work! Love it!

  9. Anita Sinha 10 months ago

    Wow..Awesome paintings, Subhajit..Thanks for sharing..

  10. Mangal deep 10 months ago

    Mind blowing work boss

  11. Santosh Pal 10 months ago

    Extremely eye-catching and heart touching.

  12. gabriellaquintini 10 months ago

    Thankyou very much for showing this work. I think the colours are delightful.

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 10 months ago

    Minimum work with maximum impact – that’s perfect way to approach watercolor painting. But you also have to consider an artist’s intuitive understanding of composition, color, shape, as well as how the paper will react to the paint. That comes with experience which you have mastered. You know just how much paint to apply and when your art story is complete – beautiful, and masterful art, Subhajit. You are truly gifted.

  14. Mary Roff 10 months ago

    Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.

  15. MMcBuck 10 months ago

    What a beautiful collection of work! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Anindya 10 months ago

    Subhajit is personally know to me.
    Apart from his great skill in watercolour, he has a pleasant personality.
    Always helps anyone who wants to acquire knowledge in painting.
    Wishing him a great and successful life in future.

  17. Subhajit Paul 10 months ago

    thank you so much

  18. anamika808creative 10 months ago

    Oh Godly God!!!! Super amazing…..Mr. Subhajit…you’ve become an inspiration to me forever!!!
    Thanks for sharing those beautiful pieces..!!!

  19. Beverly Dyer 10 months ago

    Your work is full of warmth and life! Thank you for sharing!

  20. Nancy Wait 10 months ago

    Beautiful work, full of joy and the joy of life! Thank you 🙂

  21. Susan Cuss 10 months ago

    Beautiful, warm colours, and wonderful paintings! Thank you for sharing your w/c tips, and your journey.

  22. Papori Konwar 10 months ago

    As a self taught artist I have some doubts and your post clears that..thank you for that and of course the paintings are too beautiful.

  23. Miss Gentileschi 9 months ago

    Your paintings are just incredibly awesome and stunning, Subhajit!! I love them all! Your style is wonderful and I think it would be perfect for children´s books illustrations!

  24. smitzcreates 8 months ago

    Lovely work!

  25. Hadel 7 months ago

    Beautiful watercolors! Captures the story and life of everyday people.

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