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Pansies



 Pansies with Lemon
 watercolor on cold pressed Daler Rowney paper
 10" x 10" / 25 x 25 cm. 

I wished to paint the happy faces of the pansies I planted earlier in the fall. They are hardy plants, lasting through the winter on my balcony. Soon I will have to pull them out and replace them with petunias or begonias, but not for another month.

I love the different shades of purple and had fun mixing my own.



I hope everyone is having a nice week!

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! Those rich, scrumptious colors! How do you do that so well?! I love how the colors from the different subjects are reflected in each other, especially in the lemon. And the way you portray light and it's movement, really creates atmosphere, which I don't see in many other artists still lifes. Its wonderful Celia!

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    1. Katherine, you have an incredible way with words! I'm so happy you noticed the reflections. It is something I tried to emphasize, even if I didn't talk about it on my post. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, it means so much!

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  2. I can see where you took your inspiration( by looking at the marvellous pictures you put on your previous post ). Lovely colors! It gives an impression of freshness and the lemon colors complement so well. Bisous Celia.

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    1. Thank you Helen! I'm happy you like the colors! :-)

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  3. Your colors in this are gorgeous!!! The purples and yellow just have that magical combination! Brava!!!

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  4. Thank you for this bit of sunshine this morning! Have a great week...

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    1. Thank you Martine! I appreciate the visit!

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  5. This is a lovely cheerful picture. I love the colours you've got here!

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your kind comment and visit!

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  6. A beautiful and fresh composition with lovely colors . I also have some pansies left from the winter, they are such wonderful and long lasting flowers . Have a nice evening.

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    1. Thanks Jane, I can only imagine how beautiful your garden is! You always paint gorgeous bouquets!

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  7. They are fabulous, Celia! I love the purples and the contrast with the yellow lemon. They are such happy little flowers!

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    1. I really appreciate your encouragement Judy! A big hug!

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  8. and lovely purples they are. Nature is brilliant in providing us great choices for showing colour as you have so well with the purple and yellow of the lemon

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    1. That is exactly how I feel Lorraine, I love the colors nature provides..hard to imitate but fun to try! THank you for your thoughtfulness!

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  9. I always say that purples and yellows work so well with each other. This painting is fantastic, Celia...You did a wonderful job with these flowers and the perfect lemon.....!!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda, your kind comment means so much!

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  10. lWhat a lovely painting ,Celia and although I love the pansies it is the way you painted the lemon which I find awesome. Watercolor at its best!

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    1. Thank you Julie, I appreciate your encouragement!

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  11. Love your pansies but oh that lemon makes my mouth water.

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    1. I'm happy to hear it Polly, thank you!!

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  12. Molto belli Celia. Mi piacciono la forza e l'energia che sempre trovo nei tuoi acquerelli, anche questi fiori lo dimostrano. Bellissimo anche l'accostamento viola e giallo, il massimo del contrasto. Complimenti.

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  13. I love this work Celia! Lovely purples and great shadows in this painting, well done!!

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    1. It is great to see your pansies too Debi! Thank you for stopping by!

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  14. Hello Celia My Pansies Loving Art Buddy!
    Bravo! I so love the way you use watercolors! So fluid! Free! Your work looks effortless! Your color combinations are always off the chart so good! Love the intensity of your color also! Another gem my friend! Thank you for visiting my little blog!
    Your Celia Watercolor Loving Art Buddy!
    Michael

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    1. You are a wonderful art friend to have Michael! I really appreciate your visits and support!

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  15. Hi Celia, sorry I've been a bit behind on visiting blogs lately. I so love your pansies and lemon. Beautifully done. I have a revived respect for the difficulties of watercolour having attempted my own yesterday. I also love your previous post with the snapshots from your day - such a great idea. The hyacinths are stunning! It's so nice to see all the signs of spring on your blog!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I hope you share your watercolor with us! I love the burst of color this season provides, I'm happy you enjoyed the photos.

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  16. Dear Celia what a beautiful piece. Your purples are really beautiful...great job of mixing your own and I so enjoy the compliment of the yellow lemon. Makes this painting really sing.

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    1. Thank you Debbie, I love the word sing when describing my artwork! A huge hug to you!

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  17. bello e pieno di energia cromatica,complimenti per i tuoi lavori
    buon pomeriggio

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    1. Grazie Gabe, sono contenta della tua visita!

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  18. Will and Art and Will and Art

    "Pray, love, remember:
    and there is pansies,
    that's for thoughts" [1] . . . and
    for spring, painting the
    first flowers, a cup,
    to drink in blossoms,
    distracted by a
    yellow lemon face,
    sour, and so tart,
    "the tartness of his
    face sours ripe grapes . . ." [2]
    yet pleases the balance of
    color, beckoning,
    spring and lemonade
    in watercolor;
    è primavera.

    [1] William "Will" Shakespeare, Hamlet,
    Ophelia: Act IV, Scene V, Line 176, and
    Art Maine and
    [2] William "Will" Shakespeare, Coriolanus,
    Menenius: Act V, Scene IV, Rome, a Public Place
    and Art Maine

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    1. You are a man of many talents and much sensitivity, this is just beautiful! Thank you Bruce!

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  19. Just wanted to stop by and say that I hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Thank you so much Joan! I'm not quite 100%, but I'm getting there.

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  20. Hello Celia!
    I am thinking of you and hope you are on the mend! Take care my art buddy!
    Abbracci!
    Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael, you are a friend!

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  21. Bonjour chère Célia,
    J'ouvre à l'instant la porte de votre univers... J'y découvre des oeuvres aux couleurs dynamiques, flamboyantes et pétillantes.
    J'apprécie aussi particulièrement que vous nous montriez le développement de votre art.
    Je reviendrai vous voir avec un immense plaisir.
    Gros bisous

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    1. Thank you Martine. I am flattered by your compliments, it gives me an enormous incentive to keep going!

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  22. lush and what watercolors should look like... love it

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  23. No one does lemons as well as you do, Celia: they look solid, real. And you do the yellow-purple complements so well too.
    I have some purple pansies blooming in my yard right now ... I should get out there and paint them: your painting makes me want to.

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