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For a girl that likes blue...

 Glossy Leopard
watercolor on "Fabriano Artistico" paper
5"x7" / 12 x 18 cm

My oldest daughter, Sabrina, turned 17 this weekend. She had asked me to paint something for her room a while back. I thought her birthday would be a great time to make good on my promise. Blue has always been her favorite color even when she was a little girl. She also loves leopard print and make-up is her creative side. I combined all these things into a painting for her and surprised her on her birthday. She recognized the items I used. It's hard to please a 16 year old... a 17 year old maybe is worse!


  1. Aw, that's a wonderful gift from a mother to daughter. It will be cherished forever! You did a great job with it too! I like the composition, as well as the interest of all the objects, shapes and colors. Enjoy her last few teen years, they go by fast!

    1. I agree, they grow up quickly! Thank you for your nice comment!

  2. Fabulous gift, blue is a favorite of mine too, well chosen items Celia will make this painting special for her

  3. A very striking and pretty painting Celia! I'm sure she will appreciate the thought that went into it. I hope she enjoyed her birthday. My youngest is nearly 17 so I know where you are at!
    I find my eye being particularly drawn to the make-up brush, love the shadows and texture.

    1. I'm happy you noticed the make-up brush, I'm particularly proud of that area. Thank you for the visit Wendy!

  4. Celia - I am sure she loved it...great subject as well as colors. Hope you are having a beautiful day.

  5. Complimenti Celia, trovo che hai fatto un magnifico regalo a tua figlia. Il blu poi è il colore che amo di più, quindi...... Un abbraccio.

  6. Very striking with wonderful color. I like the top of the gloss becoming part of the leopard pattern and the brush merging into its shadow. Clever!
    Pleasing any teenager is a feat but this does have a great contemporary flair.

    1. Your comment is too generous, thank you Julie!

  7. I'm sure your daughter appreciated the attention. Quite the feminine touch, isn't it! The young girl in me says: simply lovely.

    1. She was surprised, thought I had forgotten! Thank you for such a sweet comment, Helen!

  8. Oh, but I really hope she liked it, it's beautifully done and such a sweet and caring thought . Congratulations to your daughter !

    1. Thank you Jane, I always appreciate having your support!

  9. This a beauty of a watercolor. The subject matter is unique. Making it both a lovely gift to your daughter and a bold step beyond the usual.

    1. Thank you, it did push me out of my comfort zone!


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