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Citrus Garden

"Citrus Garden"  watercolor on paper 38 x 28 cm.

I found the inspiration for this painting in Greece, walking by an orange juice bar. Baskets, beautifully filled, a lemon tree planted in a little garden and grapes growing on a vine. It is both an invitation to stop and smell the sweetness of the citrus and walk in and quench your thirst with freshly squeezed juices. The person who thought of this was trying to attract our senses: it worked … the bar was packed with tourists.

The background being rather busy, I tried to eliminate as many details as possible to highlight the baskets. I also simplified my palette in the hope of tying the painting together at the cost of digressing from the photo reference.

I wish everyone a wonderful weekend, thank you for stopping by!


  1. Celia, no wonder you were inspired...
    Your painting looks good enough to eat !!!

  2. Celia!
    Great painting! Love the colors so much!

  3. Celia - this is absolutely beautiful...I love the mix of colors and still remains so serene. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of your work. Have a lovely weekend.

  4. A lovely painting Celia, your basket texture depicted well and your fruit beautiful, I too can smell the citrus

  5. Lovely! The vines help set off the baskets. The citrus looks great (and I'm sure it smelled great too0. It makes me want to sit there a while and just relax. Nice work!

  6. I think you did a splendid job with this one Celia! The background is interesting and the baskets really set the mood. Lovely fresh colors, have a good weekend !

  7. Well - didn't this turn out beautifully! You did a great job of linking everything together with the tree and bush. The baskets are just right and not overdone...painterly, and I love it!

  8. Well - didn't this turn out beautifully! You did a great job of linking everything together with the tree and bush. The baskets are just right and not overdone...painterly, and I love it!

  9. Hi Celia, I have just been catching up on your blog. I love this painting and enjoyed seeing it's progress in your previous post. Love the colours and the ambience.

  10. A wonderful painting, Celia! I love it!

  11. The fruits are painted beautifully, Celia...wonderful did an amazing job with the background..busy but perfect!!!

  12. Sincere thanks to everyone for taking the time to leave such nice and flattering comments! Your encouragement drives me to work harder!

  13. Lovely Celia! You really captured some wonderful light in this!!

  14. I have just found your blog. Such a lovely colour palette and subject Celia. I am sure I will be coming back to see more. I really like your style. :-)

    1. Thank you Laura for such a nice compliment, I hope you do!!

  15. This scene is very very beautiful!! Well done. Best regards

  16. Beautiful watercolor, and thank you for the "making of".

  17. It turned out beautifully Celia! The color compliments are very pleasing.

  18. Ciao Celia, complimenti per questo bellissimo acquerello. Mi piace molto l'armonia dei colori e la bella luce che pervade tutto il dipinto. Bravissima!

  19. This is really beautifully painted, Celia. I like the way you highlight and shadow every object in the composition so nicely.

  20. Turned out beautifully, Celia. And what a great subject!!


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