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A different angle

 watercolor sketch
24 x 26 cm.

 Inspiration for this painting came from a picture of a garden vase with a rosemary bush in front. Not much preliminary drawing … this made the bush in front rather difficult for me to paint . 

I finally used my new watercolor easel. I wanted to get a feel of working with an easel instead of a table. At first I felt it was out of control, water flowing down, colors bleeding into one another. I'm slowly getting the hang of it. I think I am going to enjoy experimenting with this new approach.

I am happy this is finally the last day of February! It has been a tough month to get through in spite of its shortness. Does anyone else agree?


  1. J'aime la spontanéité de votre style.
    Bravo Celia.

    1. THank you Olivier, that is what I am hoping for! Have a great weekend!

  2. This came out lovely, so apparently you mastered the art of painting watercolors at an angle. Enjoy your new easel. I can't wait to get outdoors with mine.

    1. Thank you for your encouragement Joan! I am longing to be outdoors myself!

  3. Love the overlapping washes, Celia. I usually don't paint at an easel, either (my arm gets tired), but most people say it's better; you've inspired me to try again.

    1. I really feel comfortable but I guess like many things it's trial and error and finding what works best for you. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. So colorful and fresh, it makes me smile! Enjoy your easel!

  5. Lovely bouquet Celia and I admire the energy in your work! You've tried a different approach, not so easy is it? Have a great weekend! Bisous

  6. Dear Celia - Looks to me like you do have the hand of painting on an easel...need to give this a try too. This very lovely. Yes - I am glad we turn the calendar tomorrow to March. Hopefully spring is around the corner. Have a great week-end.

  7. I love doing watercolor with an easel because it gives so much more freedom, and I think this is quite a success ! Fresh and spontaneous ! Wish you a great weekend.

    1. I'm happy you agree, Jane,thank you for your nice comment!

  8. Ola Celia! Experimenting is great! Good for you! This painting is wonderful! Enjoy your new easel! Sounds like you are in for fun and some unexpected wow moments!
    Keep on and keep us posted!

    1. Thanks Michael! It's funny how we get excited over new easels but it it's true...have a great weekend!

  9. It is good to experiment and learn new approaches. I think this painting is lovely Celia!
    I agree with you about February..... I know I am ready for spring.

    1. Thank you Debi, I feel like I'm constantly learning and that is the fun!

  10. Nice to see you posting...
    Lovely splash of flowers.
    Tip: when taking the photo of the art
    perhaps you might want to
    adjust the camera settings
    to keep the paper whites white
    and show off your art at its best.
    Oh, and there are watercolor easels
    that lay flat, letting the water flow
    and puddle for wet on wet.
    Keep brushing on your
    water color blooming art,
    paint on...

    1. Thanks for all the tips Bruce! I just set my camera on automatic and shoot outdoors in indirect sun. What setting do you use? My easel lays flat, I will try not angling it too much. I have a lot of experimenting to do. Thanks again for stopping by!

  11. Hola, Celia. Los colores en tus manos, se crecen. Qué bonito!!
    Un abrazo y feliz día!

  12. Very pretty Celia! Love the colours! You did very well on your new easel! I hope your weather starts to warm up a bit soon!

  13. Excellent painting, Celia. Sounds like you did very well with your easel.! I always use an easel when I paint with my pastels.. with watercolors I would imagine more of a challenge...however, you did a beautiful job!!!

  14. Hi Celia. You've achieved lots of lovely looseness, freshness and spontaneity with your easel. Great colours as always. I sometimes use an easel and I remember it took me a while to get used to it. Though most of the time I have it virtually flat and only tip it up or down when I want the water to flow. February... yes a hard one for me too.

    1. Great boost of confidence , Laura, thank you for your kind words!

  15. This painting is pretty spontaneous, love it.

  16. Deliziosa combinazione la colori e molto bello il movimento delle pennellate. Complimenti Celia.


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