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A GIFT- DAYS 23 AND 24

day 23
Primroses
watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 



day 24
Prim and Proper
 watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 

We celebrated my husband's birthday this week and we received primroses wrapped in paper as a gift.

 I approached the paintings differently even if I was working on them at the same time.  I sat down while I painted day 24 and stood up while painting the other. It is fun to see what works best. I tried to stay loose, working with larger brushes and forced myself to not fiddle too much. Something I normally do, it is very hard for me to not want to add that last wash or bit of color.

I love to listen to Sky.FM as I paint. They have increased their selections and I find music to fit my every mood. For these paintings I picked Smooth Jazz. It's easy listening and great to tap your feet to!


My work in  progress




Comments

  1. Lovely loose and colourful, Celia! I tend to paint standing up, so I'm interested what you like best.

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    1. Thank you Judy! I like standing up too, I think it makes a difference.

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  2. What a lovely body of work Celia. Just caught up with what you have been up to. Loved Sun Ripe and Market Day but favourite was La Pieta. You captured the feeling so well. Good Luck with the rest of the challenge.

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    1. Thank you Laura! I always love to know which work might be someones favorite, it gives me great insight!

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  3. I love to listen to old-style jazz and bebop while I paint.
    You beat me to it: I was, seriously, just thinking of trying to paint a simple still life--drape, apples--one while standing, one while sitting!
    These are both lovely!
    And happy birthday to your husband!

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    1. I would love to see it Laura! Thank you for the good wishes for my husband and your encouraging comment!

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  4. Both paintings are loose and colorful. wonderful

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  5. OOOH! Love the colors! They both have their own charm. I can't decide if I paint any looser standing up than sitting down. I don't think it matters much. Lovely job on these!

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    1. I think its because you paint so many Joan, I don't know how you do it! Thank you for your feedback!

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  6. Hi Celia, more lovely, vibrant and loose paintings! When I was teaching art to 13 year olds I would occasionally have them stand while they painted. It does make for a different experience and product, loosens up the whole arm. Great experiment!

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    1. I would have loved to have had you as my art teacher Carmella! I'm happy you agree! Thank you for the kind words!

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  7. I like them both, the colour is terrific!

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  8. Celia - wow - so pretty. Like the title you chose for the last - very appropriate. Now could you send me some of those primroses - I need a hint of spring! (LOL). Loved seeing your paints and everything laid out too. It is always fun to see another's artists work place. Have a great week-end.

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    1. I would send you a whole basketful Debbie! I hope the weather warms up a bit for you. I'm happy you like my work table...it wasn't as messy as usual!

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  9. love it Celia, and happy birthday to your husband.. your painting warms my heart and it's cold here. love to you,Diana

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment and birthday wishes!

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  10. Better and better ! Jazz music becomes you Celia! I think you had the right beat with these flowers. :)

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  11. That jazz really inspired you :-) As I said before...really love the fresh and energetic colors you use. Happy birthday to your husband . Have a nice sunday.

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  12. Sempre più belli i tuoi fiori, Celia. Anch'io spesso ascolto musica mentre dipingo, ma non sempre mi aiuta, qualche volta devo spegnere per non farmi distrarre. Buona domenica!

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  13. Celia, Scrolling through your blog I'm enjoying your fabulous watercolors, great style, wonderful blog portfolio. I identify with your "passion for watercolor", sketching one every day for two years, starting on a trip to the Italian end of Switzerland to visit family, like you US citizens living in Europe. I'm also posting watercolors to 30 Days, but under my real name (this is my commenting pseudonym but who's me is on the blog is found by following the link to my watercolor blog). Keep on keeping on with your fine watercolors, lovely technique. I'm adding a link to your blog on my watercolor art blog.

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  14. I just LOVE your primroses! You have really channelled their essence beautifully Celia. You really achieved the lovely loose style you were after and as usual your colours are fantastic!

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