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Garden Joy

 Garden Joy
watercolor on Fabriano paper
23 x 30.5cm / 9" x 12"

Every rose has a particular meaning as expressed by its color. Light pink roses express deep joy. This is also the emotion evoked while attempting to reproduce it in my imaginary garden. The fun of art is it can transport you anywhere!


I found the inspiration for this rose at Paint My Photo by photographer Janet Ellington Horton. They have a wonderful collection, I felt compelled to paint one. My photo archive is filled with roses. I fell in love with the beautiful light shining through the rose. I've worked very slow, for some odd reason roses seem to make me nervous. Maybe it's their intimidating perfection.

 Below are some work in progress photos



Thank you for the visit!

Comments

  1. Une rose aux couleurs magnifiques!
    Bravo Celia.

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    1. Thank you Olivier!! I wish you a nice weekend!

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  2. Love the splashes of yellow and orange and also the feel of light shining through the top pedals. Lovely!

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    1. Thank you Carmella, I appreciate your feedback!

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  3. This came out lovely! You really captured the translucence of some of the petals. I get lost in the petals when I try to paint them. lol

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    1. I do to Joan! Thank you for commenting!!

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  4. You have caught the ephemeral essence of this rose beautifully Celia. So delicate, fresh and inviting. I can smell its perfume from here.

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    1. That makes me feel great Laura, thank you!

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  5. You definitely brought the luminosity and transparence, , really lovely and with a great depth and pink color . Roses make me nervous too, I think it is a difficult flower to paint, well done Celia. xx

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    1. I'm happy to know you feel the same yet your rose paintings are always so beautiful! It's a great challenge for me, thank you Jane! I hope you have a nice weekend!

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  6. You are making me want to try painting with watercolours Celia, you are capturing a beautiful delicacy and colour transition which couldn't be achieved with oils or acrylic. Don't be nervous painting roses, they are a beautiful expression of feminine energy and would have to be supportive of your artistic endeavours!

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    1. You are a great friend Michelle!! Thank you for such an uplifting comment, it means so much coming from you!

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  7. You captured the delicate yet strong pinks in your rose. I see the light shining on the petals and the soft color variations.
    wonderful painting Celia!

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    1. Thank you Debi! I love it when others see what I tried to do!

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  8. Celia, this is so lovely... Soft and pretty as a rose should be.

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  9. Sweet Scent of Color
    A rose is a rose,
    a leaf is a leaf,
    still there's so much more;
    your painter's vision,
    your painter's colors,
    that's what makes this fine
    scent for the eyes.

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    1. Thank you. You have taken time from your vacation to write such touching lines.
      I really enjoy "following" you on your trip!

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  10. Hi Celia, this is my third attempt at posting a comment, not sure why it is so diffilcult using my ipad but this is from my computer. A lovely rose and interesting to see your progress shots. I always am nervous too with Roses so all mine have been very loose indeed

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    1. Thank you Lorraine, I appreciate you going through all this trouble. I love how computers are suppose to make life easier for us!
      I adore your roses and flowers!

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  11. A beautiful rose, Celia!

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    1. Thank you Judy, I appreciate your comment!

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  12. I must say roses scare me silly! But you made a good job of it. Always interesting to watch a work in progress. It's like having the pleasure to see you paint for a while, a real treat. :)

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    1. Thank you Helen, it is hard to believe when you paint flowers so freely. I'm so happy you enjoy my post!

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  13. Direi che hai colto la bellezza e l'essenzialità di questa rosa e l'hai valorizzata con uno sfondo molto efficace. Complimenti Celia. Ciao.

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  14. Celia your loose rendition of a rose sings with joy!

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    1. Coming from a woman who knows her way around a rose makes me want to sing with joy too!! Hugs Laura!

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  15. I can understand your nervousness Celia, I feel it too when it comes to roses - they are very tricky - but you have captured it beautifully!. I really love the colours and shading!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I am happy to have your feedback! Hope all is well.

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  16. A well-formed rose, and they're not easy! I like the way you've combined warm and cool colours. Lovely job!

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    1. Thank you Kev! I'm happy you noticed the colors as I did try and push the effect.

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  17. lovely, you captured it Celia!! love,Diana

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    1. Thank you Diana! A warm hug to you!

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  18. A beautiful rose, Celia! Wonderful soft colors...

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  19. Celia - your rose is glorious. I love all the colors you managed to capture and the background of chartreuse really compliments the pinks. Hope you are having a great week. Thanks for stopping by to visit me. I am trying to catch up with everyone.

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    1. I'm happy you are back Debbie! Thank you for stopping by to leave me such a kind comment!

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  20. Hi Celia. Beautiful and good works on flowers. Your works will inspire one of my new work. Thanks and hugs from Barcelona.

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    1. Thank you! You are far too generous but I really appreciate your encouragement!

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  21. Hey Buddy! Welcome back! I so hope you are 100%! Your work is! I love this rose so very much! You use watercolor so very well. The way it should! Very "Homerish!" I so love the 'splashes" of color. The lights and darks. Your daring approach! I love your leaving some of the white of the paper showing through! Love seeing the work in progress. Also happy to see your new sketch book! Keep on making great art!
    Your Happy To See Celia Blanco Watercolors Art Buddy!
    Michael

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