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Sweet or Sour?

"Sweet or Sour?" watercolor on paper 9.5 x 6.5 in./ 23.5 x 16cm

Not everyone likes onions, maybe because they make us cry? Lemons are sour, if you have some of their juice drip on a cut you won't forget to avoid it next time! There are a few metaphors about onions and lemons. In the movie Shrek, for instance, it is mentioned that a person can be like an onion because you may find yourself pulling back the layers. Or the famous quote about making lemonade when life gives you lemons. My painting is no longer just a still life anymore or just the thought that the color of certain items look pretty together. It is hard to always find such deep meaning in what we are doing nevertheless sometimes it emerges effortlessly as we work.  As I painted I discovered onions do have many layers, they sprout at a moment's notice and as much as lemons, are indispensable in any kitchen. In a word, sour but sweet!


  1. Celia - wonderful painting and inspirational as well. I know what you mean when sometimes something we are painting has meaning. You certainly did well with this one. I adore that green you used. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Love this still life and all the different very tonic and energetic colors , beautiful !

  3. Ni ácido ni dulce...yo diría agradable...muy agradable ha quedado tu trabajo.

  4. Ina,eres muy dulce! Muchas gracias por tu amable comentario.

  5. Mi piace questa natura morta, direi che con i tuoi colori le hai dato un aspetto vivace e allegro. Buona domenica Celia.

    1. Grazie Tito, apprezzo il tuo commento gentile!

  6. Hi Cecia, your paintings are just delightful! You use color the way I imagine to use it, but, never quite get there. Thanks again for finding me, I will enjoy following your progress.

    1. Laura, thank you for visiting my blog! Your generous compliment made my day!

  7. Nice little watercolor Cecilia. Yep, onions do make me cry real bad lol. Lucky you in Rome, lots of really cool places to visit I bet.


  8. Randall, it's nice to meet you! I appreciate your comment and follow!

  9. Beautiful painting! Nice to get the thought behind the painting.

    1. Ramakant, thank you for visiting and commenting!


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