Skip to main content

Art before Breakfast and beyond



 Kitchen Interior
watercolor on paper, in my sketchbook
 I recently finished reading Danny Gregory's new book Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are. The book is full of helpful inspiring tips, great for those like me who find it impossible to fit creativity (of any kind) in a very engaging agenda.   
I'm hoping to get back to a weekly posting schedule.


Trying to capture the light while there is a solar eclipse outside...

Comments

  1. Lovely one Celia. I used to run before breakfast years ago and it was great and started the day out on a good note. But, I've never painted before breakfast. Although I am looking at this little canvas calling my name right now. LOL Enjoy your day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Carol! It is difficult to keep up over time. Have a great week!

      Delete
  2. Hi Celia! Just painting , early morning or late evening is a treat. Nice job, hope you have a nice weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree Helen, thank you for your visit and kind words!

      Delete
  3. Sketching is a great way to start the day!
    I like this sketch of your kitchen interior, so clean and sunny!
    Enjoy the day, Celia!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Dear Celia - so glad to see your painting. I think I need to read that book as well. Going to check it out. In the meantime happy to see you capturing that eclipse. We couldn't see it in our part of the world. Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Debbie! It was an incredible experience, especially the way the light and air change. The book is a quick read and I do love his drawing style. Have a great week!

      Delete
  5. Elle est très jolie ton Aquarelle Célia ♥

    Bisous

    Manon

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I appreciate your kind comment and visit Manon! Hugs!

      Delete
  6. Turning an ordinary everyday to you scene into a creation, great Celia. I could paint any old time but the dog insists on walking before I get to my studio in the mornings

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He is more important Lorraine and it must be a nice way to clear your mind. Thank you for the visit!

      Delete
  7. Everyday scenes like this make nice sketches!!! Good job! I watched a bit of Danny sketching his breakfast, but I have a hard time doing that most of the time because I'm too hungry. lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too Joan! Especially hate the idea of drinking cold tea and toast. :-(

      Delete
  8. I always like to have a look in other people's homes, and I love your kitchen! You captured the light very well! I'll have a look at that book, sounds good!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Judy, I would like to gain more practice with interiors.

      Delete
  9. Dear Celia, what a great interior scene , there are a lot of different things to pay attention to, but you got it perfect , you should do more ! Really like this kind of subjects . Wishing you a nice sunday. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jane! I am not accustomed to painting interiors but had fun with this one.

      Delete
  10. Bonsoir ma chère Célia,

    J'aime beaucoup cette aquarelle pleine de vie... Une peinture qui a une âme... La lumière qui illumine votre cuisine est superbement capturée dans votre oeuvre. Bravo !!

    ❀ Gros bisous ❀

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your kind comment Martine!

      Delete
  11. Bonsoir ma chère Célia,

    J'aime beaucoup cette aquarelle pleine de vie... Une peinture qui a une âme... La lumière qui illumine votre cuisine est superbement capturée dans votre oeuvre. Bravo !!

    ❀ Gros bisous ❀

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is a gorgeous painting Celia - very sunny and vibrant! I can feel the spontaneity of it. You have inspired me to think more about painting interiors - I have always loved the genre but have done very few of them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Wendy, thank you! It makes me happy to hear your impressions, I felt frustrated with this one! I really enjoyed seeing your watercolor sketch!

      Delete
  13. Sounds like a good book. But... I won't do anything before breakfast! Love your kitchen, and the cheery, welcoming way that you portrayed it. That's how I would picture your home, Celia!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Katherine, it also provides you with other suggestions because I'm with you there! Thank you for your sweet words!

      Delete
  14. Ola Celia! Love this kitchen painting! I also like checking out your face book page! I so love the way you rendered the light in this one. Nice to see the photo of your kitchen! Great fun! Michael

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Michael! I'm happy you noticed the light.
      I hope your shoulder is healing!! Take care

      Delete
  15. Un petit coucou pour te souhaiter une belle journée
    ✿¨¯`✿´¸¸.✿¨¯`✿

    Bisous

    Manon

    ReplyDelete
  16. Un petit coucou pour te souhaiter une belle journée
    ✿¨¯`✿´¸¸.✿¨¯`✿

    Bisous

    Manon

    ReplyDelete
  17. A lovely sketch to start your morning with, Celia!!! You caught the light beautifully. Breakfast first...then Art...lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was not a morning person when I was younger but do love getting as much done early. I really love your barn painting, can't wait to see what you are working on! Have a nice weekend

      Delete
  18. What a neat interior. Love the broom, watering can, plant - all the details that tell a story.
    I have never heard of the book but the title is great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so happy you noticed the details Julie, thank you for your kind visit!

      Delete
  19. Thank you for letting us see your clean kitchen. And your lovely sketch. Nice idea of doing art before breakfast.
    Celia, thank you for visiting my blog and for joining. I tried a while ago to join yours but I was not successful to upload my picture. Will try again later.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love this sketch and agree with the others-it would make a wonderful painting! The way you used color and light gives the scene such a welcoming feeling that I want to walk right in and grab a cup of coffee :-)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

If Life Gives You Lemons

IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper 30 x 23 cm available
Now that it is summer, Amalfi lemons are in season at my local market. They are grown on the hills of the Campania  region, around Sorrento and Amalfi. They have a characteristic sweetness, a consequence of the volcanic soil, year-round warm temperatures, and perfect amounts of rain.

After rinsing the lemons, I set them on a kitchen towel to dry. As I went about, I would pause often to take in the soft delicate pastel colors. My purpose became to convey the soft light that comes in, with many variations of whites and neutrals to highlight the sunny yellow skin of the lemons.

It has also been helping me to do a warm up sketch before painting. I keep this sketch beside me to test colors before actually applying them.

 my warm up sketch
When all of this is over, I have a whole book of baking recipes devoted to the fragrance of these lemons ... I need to get to work!


Oatmeal Lemon Bars








A Rose Aglow

A Rose Aglow watercolor sketch on paper 18 x 26 cm

The rose in this painting is situated in front of my daughter's high school. As I was walking past it, the sun was hitting it in a way that made it seem it was glowing with a beautiful mix of yellows and pinks.  I recently purchased some paints from the Ecoline liquid watercolor line. I enjoyed playing here with the pleasant intensity they possess. With this type of liquid ink there is the possibility of degradation of its properties over time, I will keep it for sketching purposes only.



 work in progress

Vine Ripe

Vine Ripe  watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper 9" x 12"/ 23 x 30,5 cm
available

This is an older painting I reworked. I felt I could have pushed it more, I feel better about the result now.
Thank you for stopping by!