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Happy 2014!!!


DAY 1

 Little Darlings
watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 
€30,00 unframed

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

I signed up for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. It is my second time around, I think it's a great way to begin the year. Last year I signed up the day the challenge started, I am more prepared this year. I don't have a theme, I rather just paint what I enjoy and can create within the short time frame of a day. Additionally, I plan to post my daily work on my Facebook page and my website (which I finally started !). I will blog every few days, showing my progress with a few paintings at once.

Last year's first painting was a clementine. I thought it would be fun to see how I have progressed over the year by choosing the same subject. 

I thank everyone once more for the support and kindness you show.  I hope this year will be one filled with much color and creativity!


Last year's "Day One" painting

Comments

  1. This is beautiful, I like last years too. I think you have come a long way - good luck with the challenge.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment and good wishes Sandra!

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  2. I love the fluidity of your watercolors. The colors are vibrant. I like last year's painting also. Katrina

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  3. Great composition and color, Celia! Love the pink and orange together: yum! and the negative painting of the membrane is really wonderful too!
    I fell off the 30 days challenge after only four days last time. Maybe I will try again.

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    1. I didn't want to do the usual orange and green or blue but something with more of a color punch. I'm happy you like it, lets hope I manage to keep it up. It's never too late to start!

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  4. Wow, huge change from last year! I just love the lightness and color of the new one. :)

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    1. Thank you Cindy, I am happy you like it! :-)

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  5. Though the one from last year is beautiful too, the new one is definitely my favorite, so much more freedom in the execution and in the color choice. You started the new year in the best of ways :-)

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    1. Thank you Jane, I appreciate your encouragement! :-)

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  6. Happy New Year Celia! It is great to see you are doing the 30 day challenge as well, I will be looking forward to seeing your work. This painting is lovely, I love the soft pinks and oranges it has such a fresh quality....lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much Debi! I am happy we are in on this together!

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  7. Great composition and colours, a very 'juicy' painting! Good luck with the challenge!

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    1. Thank you Judy! I love the word "juicy", great compliment! :-)

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  8. This is really lovely. I love your color choice of the pink background with the orange clementine. The one from last year was nice, but you seem to have softened your look since last year and are using the watercolors to their advantage. Happy 2014!

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    1. THank you Joan, it is one of the rare times that the idea in my head actually matched the outcome on paper.

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  9. Good on you Celia for entering the challenge again! I love your painting and I also loved seeing it next to the one you did last year. You can see how you've really mastered the medium since last year, even though last year's was lovely too.
    I had considered doing the January challenge but the thought only lasted a minute, it feels too recent since the September challenge so I may revisit when September comes around again. I'll be checking in to see how you are progressing. I really appreciated your wonderful support during my September challenge! Good luck!

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    1. THanks Wendy! I appreciate the support, I hope I manage to keep up! You did an excellent job with yours in September.

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  10. Celia - love your clementines. I enjoyed seeing your last year one too. Your work has changed and I love the looseness your have found in this piece. Gorgeous colors as well. Thank you for always sharing. Have a wonderful New Year and good luck with your challenge.

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  11. Una fusione di colori molto bella. E' vero che sai maturata molto. I tuoi lavori diventano sempre più belli

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  12. Celia!
    The color in this magnificent piece is outstanding! A real 'Wow!" I love it when I look at a painting and I immediately fall in love with it! Such is the case with "Little Darlings!" This painting is wonderful! You use watercolor in the best way possible. I love your technique! Free! Colorful! Very creative!
    Excellent my friend!
    Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Big snow in my neck of the woods right now!!!!
    Paint on!
    Michael

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  13. Quite a beginning for Leslie's challenge! I like the soft colors you chose to work with. Happy month to you! :)

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  14. Lovely work! I hope you enjoy the challenge Celia!

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