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Country Impressions


 Down the Road
7".5 x 11"/ 18.5 x 28cm.
watercolor on paper

I painted two separate plein air paintings over the last two weekends. The first was a sketch of a country road. As I was sitting nearby, an old Fiat 500 came out of nowhere and drove into my painting view. I always have my camera at an arm's reach, I managed to get a couple shots of the car driving into the distance. I love the retro feel of the image. I used my plein air sketch as a color guide, combined it with my photo reference and took various things from both.



plein air sketch 5"x 7"
watercolor on paper
 

I wanted to keep the energy I feel I have in my sketch by working in one sitting, mostly wet into wet. I have been looking at Joseph Zbukvic's work lately and loved what he says "painting precise locations is irrelevant; simply keep the character."





plein air sketch 5" x 7"
watercolor on paper


My second plein air sketch was painted a different day in the same vicinity. It is getting cooler here, it will be harder to paint outdoors.

I hope all is well with everyone!
Thank you for taking the time to view my work!


Comments

  1. Trés beau ensembre d' aquarelles qui coulent .J'aime la liberté de mouvement.

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  2. Good morning Celia! Love these! That is what I am talking about! Great use of the medium! Free flowing! Colorful! Brights! Wet! Wild! Wonderful! I love the freedom, the movement, the beauty,and so much more with these! Great watercolors! Great art! Thank you for posting your wonderful art for all to enjoy!
    Good morning and have a great day my friend!
    Michael

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    1. How funny, I was just catching up on all your beautiful paintings to find a comment from you! Thank you Michael!!

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  3. I love the spontaneity in these Celia. Great quote by Zbukvic. I love his work too. :-)

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    1. I discovered him only recently, truly amazing! Thank you for all your support and feedback!! :-)

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  4. Very nice watercolors, bright and cheery colors. l love the addition of the little Fiat!

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    1. Hi Debi, I'm happy you like it and thank you for your kind comment!!

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  5. Fresch and lovely paintings all of them. I can see a little Santa sticking out his head in the middle one! Is that on purpose? Or is it only my wild imagination?

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    1. Thank you Catharina, I can see where you think there is Santa, it would be great addition to the painting!

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  6. These are so vibrant and have such energy. I like how you combined your sketch and the photo of the car to do an additional painting…and you kept the energy in it. Nice sketches and lovely painting.

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    1. I'm happy you still feel the energy,thank you Joan! Your comment made my day!

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  7. Celia - your sketch of the road and car is super! You caught a feeling too of such light - like it was sunny where you were. Going to check out Zbukvic. Sounds so interesting. Loved the other two sketches too. Thanks also for stopping by to visit me - it always means so much. Have a great week.

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    1. Your posts are inspiring, Debbie! I am happy you caught onto the light because it was a very sunny day, I even had to strip down to my t-shirt. Thank you for your feedback!

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  8. Love your scene with the Fiat, makes me want to follow and see where it is going.

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  9. You have used colors with great freedom here, and it looks amazing ! I The first one with the car immediately gave me the feeling of retro , wow , something unexpected gave an extra something to the painting. But they are all truly beautiful !

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    1. Thank you Jane! Your comments mean so much to me!

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  10. Beautiful watercolors, Celia.. I love the vibrant colors you used...Wonderful work!!

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    1. Thank you for your generous comment Hilda!

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  11. Wow, I love the way you caught that old car disappearing up the road. That tells such a sweet story, and really pulls the viewer into the painting. The colors that you put into your plein air paintings are truly entrancing. They are the colors that one feels... not just what one sees. Nicely portrayed, and beautifully painted.

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  12. Ciao Celia, trovo belli e spontanei i lavori che presenti in questo post. Mi colpisce la varietà di colori che comunque non appesantisce il risultato finale. Io vengo ritenuto dai miei amici un "colorista" e quindi sono felice quando incontro dei lavori come i tuoi. Bellissima l'impronta impressionistica di questi tre acquerelli. Abbraccio.

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  13. I love the top one Celia. It's really a sweet and happy painting. It makes me smile and your second aquarella is radiant with warm colors. You seem to enjoy painting so much! :) Hugs

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    1. I'm so glad that you like them Helen! Thank you!

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  14. Plein air painting is so much fun. I love your colour choices, all three are beautiful! I especially like the third one!

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  15. Unos trabajos estupendos y llenos de vida y color, happy thanksgiving!

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  16. I really love this country impression Celia. Has a great ambience.

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