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White Roses

"White Roses" watercolor on paper  10" x 7"/ 25 x 18

I have been struggling with flowers. I started a painting last week which wasn't working out and ended throwing it away. There was too much going on and no inspiration. It's also a  nice feeling sometimes to be able to separate oneself from what we are creating and have the courage to start over.

Next, I chose this image for its monotone color palette, attempting to simplify things for myself.  I've been noticing that I get more hues when I use less colors in my palette. Funny! I think it's the magic of watercolor.

Gratitude goes to the fantastic free image library at Wet Canvas where I found this photo reference to work with.

Today we celebrate Father's Day here in Italy. It's celebrated on the Feast of St. Joseph. I wish everyone, especially all the fathers and Joseph's out there a special day!

Comments

  1. You've done a lovely job with the flowers Celia. I like how your two roses are in different stages of the blooming process. You've got some great colours going on in the shadows.

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  2. Celia it's looking lovely. and your last post I really like your painting there. I meant to comment earlier.. love, Diana

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  3. Celia - these roses are lovely. I love the color of the vase used as well. I am always starting over...seems like the more I fiddle with watercolor the worse it gets...sometimes there is no helping it - some things just need to be restarted. Thanks for sharing. I so enjoy your work.

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  4. Lovely and soft colors , really love that almost closed rose, gorgeous ! xx

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  5. Super as always Celia water colour so suits these flowers. i agree with Jane the closest rose is stunning

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    1. Thank you Wendy, Diana, Debbie, Jane and Paul!!Your kind comments are so appreciated!

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  6. Nice handling of the white flowers. I'll have to check out the photos at wet canvas. Thanks for mentioning it.

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    1. Thank you Carole! I hope you have a look, they have every type of subject matter you can think of.

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  7. Hi Celia, I think you have painted a lovely watercolor, roses are not an easy subject at all, but yours are really nice. Ciao!

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    1. Thanks Tito! They have never been my strong point and appreciate your kind comment!

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  8. Celia, thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to comment. I've enjoyed browsing your art and seeing your accomplished watercolours.

    I so appreciate an artist who can create flowers, as its something that mostly seems to defeat me! I shall make sure I return to see more of your work.

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    1. Jeanette, I'm so happy you took the time to visit my blog, your comment really flatters me, thank you for making my day!

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  9. Celia, first I thank you for your nice comment, and joining my blog, I hope you visit often.
    My granparents came from Italy and I love seeing photos of that area of the world. It's sentimental to me, because as a child my grandmother told me many stories.
    Your roses are just beautiul and white flowers are not always easy to paint, You've done it so well.
    BJ

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