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DAYS ELEVEN THROUGH THIRTEEN...

DAY ELEVEN
  HEART XMAS
watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper

12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"









Weekends are most difficult for me, I managed to stay on schedule with my 30 day challenge nonetheless. I admit that I am feeling exhausted. I was hoping that if better prepared it would be somewhat easier. It feels harder to keep up now than last time.

I wanted a change of pace from painting from photos by setting up these two still-life's. I am either late or early on Christmas, but my daughter's last candy cane was arousing my attention. She plans on using it in a recipe called "peppermint hot cocoa". She very graciously will wait another weekend to try this out, spontaneously promising to share some with me! I turned the same candy cane in two different directions.


DAY 12

STUDY OF MICHELANGELO'S  
DRAWING FOR THE HEAD OF LEDA ,
SANGUINE PENCIL ON PAPER
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"

Day twelve is another attempt to sketch from a book I have about Michelangelo. I gave myself an hour's time limit on the drawing. It is an incredible experience, you notice the details even more. My plan is to take a break on Sundays and devote an hour to drawing, during the challenge (hopefully even after the challenge).


DAY 13
  FINEST QUALITY
watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper

12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 


Day thirteen is my morning cup of tea, not much excitement here... I'm finding that painting without using masking fluid gives a nicer result. I am careful about the white areas but if I do cover them, I darken the areas around it more. Masking fluid is too harsh and has ripped my paper too many times.

Thank you again for the kind comments and feedback!  I appreciate it even more knowing that the participants are numerous,  I realize it does take away time to keep up!

Comments

  1. Wonderful job showing the shine on the candy canes and the spacing of the stripes!!! I'm glad your daughter was willing to wait while you painted. I like the tea cup too...sometimes it is better (but difficult) to not use masking. I've had the same problem with masking so I only use it if I absolutely have to. Nice study of the head.

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    1. Thank you Joan! I'm glad you agree on the use of masking.

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  2. Love your candy cane composition and as Joan said you have the shine. Good idea mixing up the days and doing some drawing for some relief too. My wrist is quite sore as I realize I cannot do big paintings everyday. Hope we both make it to the end

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    1. It is physically exhausting, but you are doing an incredible job! THanks for stopping by! :-)

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  3. Wonderful work on days 11, 12, and 13, I love the candy cane painting - you captured the shine and reflections so well. I love your drawing and the last watercolor of your morning tea is very good. You have done a great job Celia....soon we will be at the halfway mark.... I am a few days behind however.....I should get busy and paint.

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    1. I can't wait...I am enjoying seeing your works everyday! Thank you for your kind comment Debi!

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  4. This is a nice variety of work Celia. I particularly like your drawing. It is a good exercice and fun, don't you think? And your candy canes look so real. You're doing great in the challenge Celia. A big hug

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    1. Thank you Helen, I appreciate the encouragement! I don't know where I would be without it! Fun it is!

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  5. Your candy cane is wonderful, Celia! I love the colors and perfect sheen! It looks realistic..of course I loved your Michelangelo!

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    1. Thank you Hilda! I appreciate your feedback !

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  6. I really like that cup of tea...such beautiful contrast between light and shadow. But the drawing is fabulous too and so is the candy stick, excellent work !

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  7. I love the candy cane composition, and the drawing is very good too! And so is your cup of tea! You're half way through the challenge, my compliments!

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    1. Thank you Judy, I hope I make it to the end! I appreciate the encouragement!

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  8. I LOVE the candy cane Celia! So beautifully done - great colours and shine! It has a very festive ambience about it and the composition works really well.
    Love the drawing too and your cup of tea. Such a great variety. Your idea of drawing every week is a good one and I hope you are able to continue it after the challenge. I know how exhausted this challenge can make you feel. I hope you are able to paint two in one day so you can have a day off.

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    1. You did the challenge so beautifully, Wendy. I really appreciate all the encouragement you are giving me!

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  9. Ciao Celia, vedo che sei super impegnata con questa iniziativa, ma vedo anche che i risultati sono eccellenti. Mi piacciono molto tutti e tre questi lavori, che anche se sembrano semplici, richiedono un notevole impegno, in particolare lo studio di Michelangelo (davvero molto bello!!). Complimenti! Un abbraccio.

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  10. I like your plan of devoting one day to drawing--what a good idea. And your drawings are so sensitive: I look forward to seeing more of them. I like these watercolors too--both of which make a lot of a simple subject!

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  11. Beautiful job Celia, I did the 30 days in Nov. and found it hard to keep up like you said. I love your work and your day of sketching is a great idea. Keep it up. love to you,Diana

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  12. Celia all three of these are lovely. The candy canes look good enough to eat. I think your portrait is outstanding. Nothing ordinary either about that cup of tea. Wish we could share a cup! Have a beautiful day.

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  13. Vos aquarelles sont toujours si belles!
    Et les sujets sont très originaux.
    Bravo Celia, bisous et bonne fin de semaine.

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