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Warming up...

"Red Water" watercolor on  paper  27 x 18 cm.

We are having hot weather, 100 degrees in the shade! It's normal for August in Rome but not ideal for painting watercolors. I drew two big compositions last week. I will show you once I have something more concrete evolving. For now I am afraid to start on something complex and not have it work out, I feel as I have forgotten things along the way. I will contrast this feeling by just throwing some paint on a piece of paper, play around and know I will rip up the end product. I did that, in  the sweltering heat of my balcony. The water evaporates almost immediately. I gave it another go with a painting of a plastic bottle that I saved. It's of the French water Badoit. Good water and cool bottle! I think red for a water bottle is unusual. Clear, green or blue bottles are more common. This time I'm a little happier, although I was hoping for better results. I wasn't able to get all the nuances the way I was hoping for and maybe I should have avoided copying the letters. I like the red, it was fun to paint and get back in the swing of things! Thanks for stopping by!

my thermometer in the afternoon shade


  1. Cara Celia,anche qui siamo nella stessa situazioni da molti molti giorni. Si possono affrontare piccoli progetti e problema di affrontare lavori più complessi? Adesso è veramente difficile anche perchè sauna e concentrazione non sono due cose che vanno bene insieme!!!MA la tua acqua Badoit è riuscita benissimo!!!Complimenti e buon proseguimento dell'estate creativa!

  2. Bravo, Celia!
    L'effet de transparence est superbe et j'adore les couleurs.

  3. I hope you don't tear this up. It's very well done and interesting (I've never seen a red water bottle).

  4. A hot colour for a hot day, we are in winter here and already looking forward to some nicer weather, hope you get to your painting soon

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lorraine! I never thought I would look forward to winter.

  5. Hi Celia! I like this one, is very original.. :) Hugs!

  6. Hi Celia! I saw your name and post ahead of mine on Lorraine's blog and figured I'd come over and see what you are posting here instead of just the few things I see on Wet Canvas. Nice work!!! I'm going to put you on my "blogs to visit" list on my blog so I can come back and see you more often. I love when artists tell a bit about their work and lives. See you soon.

    1. Hi Joan, thank you and I will do the same. I'm so happy you found my blog, I have missed seeing your beautiful sketches!

  7. Dear Celia - why is it that one has to struggle so to remember how to paint when you take a week off! I know I always feel the same way - like I need to warm up. I think you did a lovely job with the bottle of water. Here in my part of the U.S. I have never seen water bottles that color. Can't wait to see your pieces that you are working on. Have a beautiful week-end dear friend.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Debbie! I'm glad to know someone else feels this way!

  8. Hi Celia! True it's an unusual color but lovely. I can see the different tones, kind of orange. Nice try, you should be happy with this one.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment Helen!

  9. Pretty unusual colour for a water bottle. But sure a great candidate for painting :)

  10. Ciao Celia!
    Wow! So hot! Go slowly!
    I love your red bottle! The red jumps off the surface and screams for attention. Very interesting and exciting piece! Bravo! Try to stay cool!
    We have been to Roma a few times but never in the summer. Beautiful city!
    Take care.
    Your art friend!

    1. Hi Michael! I'm happy to hear your thoughts on the painting.

      Never come to Rome in August! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. brilliant in color and execution. I love this. Especially the wedge of turquoise.

  12. Hola, Celia.
    Precioso y refrescante primer plano.


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