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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!


  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.

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

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

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

  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.

    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!

  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.


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