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Rainbow Oranges

"Rainbow Oranges" watercolor on paper 10" x 7"/ 25 x 18 cm.

I had a hard time getting going after the Easter holiday but I've been slowly working on this painting every time I had five minutes to spare here and there. I feel it's finished, I am afraid to overwork it at this point. For those of you who are not familiar with the Tarocco blood orange, it is a treat around this time of year here in Italy. They explode with juice and color when sliced. In our family it's almost like a prize to see who gets the darkest and juicest one at the table.  Some people have it down to a science to know which one will offer the darker flesh just from the color of the peel.

I was hoping to capture the explosion of juice and color as the warm Roman sun hits across its dark flesh. I would like to rename these fruits rainbow oranges for the celebration of color that they contain.


  1. Bonjour Celia,
    Félicitations pour cette magnifique aquarelle.
    Les couleurs sont absolument merveilleuses!
    Bisous et bon week-end.

  2. You've done a lovely job with the oranges Celia. The colours are stunningly vibrant.

  3. I think you succeeded perfectly in your intent Celia, the orange is so inviting and juicy, and I see you did put a little bit of rainbow on the cloth :-) Have a nice weekend.

  4. Just found your blog via Jane's blog. Love your work. I am going to add you to my blog roll. beautiful.

  5. I'm glad to see you're painting again. Beautiful painting, nice clean color and the orange definitely looks juicy.

  6. Celia, wonderful painting , and delicious looking.
    don't know why my photo didn't come out on your member list.. I did have some problem a few weeks ago..
    I'll try again... love your work.
    Barbra Joan

  7. Merci, Olivier!
    Thank you Wendy and Rhonda, I appreciate your kind comments!
    Jane, I'm happy you noticed the exaggerated rainbow I added in for effect! :-)
    Cathy, I'm so glad you found me and what an honor!I've done the same so I can keep up with your beautiful paintings!
    Carole, I especially appreciate your kind comment! I can only imaging how busy you are with your painting challenge.
    BJ, I'm probably the last person to ask, I think computers have a mind of their own! I'm so happy to read your nice comment!

  8. I love the colours they are so rich...

    1. Thank you Budge! I appreciate your kind words!

  9. Dear Celia - these look delicious...they sort of resemble our pink grapefruit. I love your colors. You took an ordinary subject and turned it into extraordinary. Thanks so much for sharing.


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