Musée du Louvre

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.

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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! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
10 Comments
  1. cmitch55 2 years ago

    Very nice viewpoint and perspective. I’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t had the chance yet.

  2. missaesha 2 years ago

    My new fave…I call dibs on this when you are finished admiring it. 😄

  3. memadtwo 2 years ago

    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.

    • Author

      Thanks! I also bought masking fluid, but haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. I’ve seen a few videos on how to use it, but still feel perplexed. Gonna try it soon though! 😉

  4. Owl 2 years ago

    Such gorgeous drawings! I love Paris so much, wish I could visit it again. Anyway, the fountains worked out nicely!

    • Author

      Thank you so much for the kind words Irene! (So happy you think the fountains worked! Stressed about those! Hehe). Yes…Paris is definitely worth multiple visits! 🙂

  5. I think your fountains turned out beautifully, Charlie! To me, they are the highlight of a very nice painting indeed. I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!

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