"Artist Talk" - Interview with the artist Cesc Farré

We would like to introduce you to some Schmincke artists and ask them about their artistic work. We are happy to present interesting, international artists and we are curious about their answer.

What is your name and where do you come from?

Cesc Farré, I come from Barcelona, Spain.

Since when and in which techniques do you mainly work?

I have been painting and drawing from a very young age, but it was when I started my career in architecture that I fell in love with watercolour. When I finished my studies, I never stopped painting again and I dedicated myself professionally illustrating architectural heritage and other themes in both watercolour and oil.

Do you have favourite themes? What inspires you?

My favourite subjects are water and skies. It is where I can develope the technical characteristics of watercolour to the maximum and they are the ones that inspire me the most given their richness and transience. I am passionate about underwater landscapes since they convey beauty and peace.

And where do you paint preferably?

I usually paint preferably in the studio, but I really like to paint outdoor and never miss an opportunity to do it. It is gratifiying to paint by the sea or in a mountain river.

Do you still remember your first Schmincke colour?

Yes! In the faculty of architecture in 1991. I still have the metall box. You could say that I learned to paint watercolour with Schmincke. At that time, we worked a lot with sepia, paynes grey, burnt sienna, ultramarine, ochre, lemon yellow, cadmium red, carmine,...

What are your favourite Schmincke colours?

And what is special about them?


cobalt turquoise 14 509 - (Pigment: PG50) A colour made of only one pigment and therefore very difficult to mix. It is a very important colour for my paintings of water. It is very bright and perfect for mixing with blue and grey for more nuances.

cobalt violet hue 14 473 - (Pigment: PV62) I like this colour for shadows and athmospheric perspectives. It is a slightly granulating colour and as a translucent shade it is suitable for many mixtures. An essential shade for my painting!



How can one learn from you?

I teach in regular classes with a fixed group of students, as well online as personally. Additionally I give online workshops for the whole world. As of September 2020 more tutorials of mine will be published on the platform Blurone (www.blurone.es/en).

You will find my watercolour paintings on my website www.cescfarre.com and on Instagram @cesc_farre_watercolors

Over these channels I am available for questions but also at my exhibitions, which I will announce in advance.

Which two of your artworks should we show our readers?