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Geraniums and some new supplies...


"Summer Morning Geraniums"  20 x 30 cm watercolor on paper ( Cartiera Mangnani hotpress)


In the first months of summer, the light is very strong at dawn and into the early morning hours. It's a great time for taking reference photos because of the abstract shadow patterns that objects create. In this painting I tried to push the idea and work with the shadows being formed against the building. The brightly colored petals are being warmed by the rise of the early July sun. For lack of better ideas, the title to this watercolor is... "Summer Morning Geraniums".

I started this painting as a sketch to test paper I recently purchased and in order to play with some new colors in my palette. There are many mistakes in the painting but I managed to finally achieve strong darks. Hooray!! I need to work on my leaf painting skills, they never come out looking right. Indigo blue, Winsor Green and  new Gamboge are my new colors from Winsor and Newton.  I hopefully didn't go overboard with them. I am redoing my palette and ordered another six tubes, I can hardly wait!

 Thank you for taking the time to visit!
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Comments

  1. It's truly a beautiful painting Celia! The flowers and the leaves are awesome. Great job with the shadows.

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  2. I REALLY like the colors in this painting, and the shadows and highlights are really striking, Celia! Everything about it is just so exquisitely portrayed. It's one of those paintings that give you pause and you stare for a long time at it. I think your new paints are going to be a wonderful addition to your palette!

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    1. Thank you Katherine, your nice comment really means a lot!

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  3. Really beautiful, Celia--the colors, the shapes, and that incredible strong light. I will have to start getting up earlier!

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    1. Wait until next summer Laura, the light has changed! Thank you!!

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  4. Très beau travail sur les couleurs et la composition.
    Félicitations!

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment Olivier!

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  5. A really lovely result from your experimenting Celia and I don't see any mistakes

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  6. You painted this beautifully, Celia!!! Wonderful colors and shadows!!

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment Hilda!

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  7. Beautiful painting, Celia! Wonderful shadows!

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    1. Thank you so much Judy, I'm glad you like it!

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  8. Ciao Celia, personalmente trovo che il modo come hai dipinto i gerani e le foglie è perfetto, bellissimi i colori e le luci. Secondo me un acquerello molto bello. Ciao!

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  9. I absolutely love how this turned out Celia, it makes my eye dance around the whole scene...This has a fresh, vibrant glow to it and the shadows are beautiful! Looks like the new supplies are a hit!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Christina! Your feedback means a lot!

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  10. This is really lovely Celia, I love the rich colours in the flowers and the shadows are stunning! A great idea for a very interesting composition.

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    1. Thank you Wendy, it's hard to predict how a painting is going to turn out when you are experimenting!

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  11. This is beautiful! I love the color palette and the combination of colors in the shadows on the wall. I think this is one of my favorites of yours!

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  12. Celia - you certainly didn't overdo those lovely colors. I think you did wonderful incorporating those soft shadows into the painting. So beautiful! Can't wait to see your new palette colors. Isn't it fun getting new colors out? Have a great week-end and thanks for sharing friend.

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    1. I'm looking forward to it so I can get started, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

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  13. Amazingly beautiful colors. thanks for sharing them. I love your shadows too.

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    1. Julie, it's always a pleasure reading your comment, thank you!

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  14. Amazingly beautiful colors. thanks for sharing them. I love your shadows too.

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