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Crochet and Violets


Crochet and Violets
 watercolor on paper
 12" x 9"/ 30 x 23cm.



I'm so happy to have finally finished this painting. The inspiration came to me from violets that bloomed way back in February.   I started this from life, unfortunately the flowers wilted so I had to work from memory and my sketches. I wanted to make it equally about the crochet doily pattern as the violets themselves. I like the way the sun hits at noon and creates an interesting shadow. I set my alarm at noon and repeatedly worked at that hour even if sometimes it was only ten minutes at a time.
Thank you for stopping by, I always enjoying getting your feedback on what I do!
 

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  1. Bonjour Celia,
    Ta toile est vraiment magnifique!

    Gros bisous et bon week end

    Manon

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    1. Thank you Manon, I am so happy you like it! Hope your week is going well!

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  3. This is really lovely Celia, the flower is beautiful but I love that crochet ! How do you do it ? There must be some kind of trick . Wish you a wonderful evening .

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    1. You are so generous Jane, thank you! A big hug

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  4. Super job Celia, the doily must have been so complicated to paint. My grandmother used to crochet these when I was a toddler. I still remember them being all over the living room furniture and her sitting in her favorite chair crocheting while watching a soap opera. I still watch that same soap opera today. It's been on for over 50 years. Wow, what memories your painting brought up for me. All beautiful ones. Thanks!

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    1. Your comment really makes my day Carol! My grandmother did the same! It is ,unfortunately, a rare art nowadays.

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  5. This is a lovely painting Celia. Both the flowers and the crochet doily are delicate and beautiful!
    Have a great week!

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  6. Celia, this came out so great!!! I love the way you did the crochet doily with some hard edges and some soft edges and kept the flower and the vase soft too. My aunt made hundreds of crochet doilies, table cloths, and bed covers. I have a few of them saved in a drawer. Your painting made me think of them.

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    1. It makes me very happy to know my painting brings back a memory of a loved one for you Joan! Thank you for your kind compliment!

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  7. One of my favourites of your watercolours Celia

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    1. Thank you Lorraine, it really means a lot to me to know this!

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  8. Absolument magnifique !!
    Félicitations, chère Celia.
    Bisous et bon dimanche :)

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    1. Thank you Olivier! I wish you a wonderful week!

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  9. This is so delicate and lovely Celia. Beautiful work done on the doily.

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    1. Thank you Laura, I appreciate your feedback!

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  10. I like your composition and the crochet doily. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and kind words!

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  11. Dear Celia - this is lovely and immediately I thought of my dear Grandma who grew the most beautiful African Violets and crocheted lovely doilies. Her handwork was exquisite. This painting really touches my heart. I thank you friend for sharing. Hugs!

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    1. This makes me feel very special Debbie, thank you!

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  12. It is very nice! Good composition and I like the crotchet. Seems difficult to paint crotchet?

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    1. Thank you Catharina! It is easy to get lost in the pattern, I'm so pleased you like it! I found it more difficult to paint the leaves on the violets. They have a strange texture which I find hard to duplicate.

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  13. Beautiful, you've captured the mood of violets really well.
    I admire paintings with doilies and lace. I think they are more challenging to paint than water.

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    1. Thank you for your visit, water is a great challenge!

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  14. Celia; it is a great watercolour. It has a lot of work! Congratulations :)
    A hug and I wish you a happy week.

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    1. I really appreciate your kind words Sonia! I hope you are having a nice week!

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  15. I love the soft delicate colors of both the flowers and the crochet. Looks like a quite a process to paint this one Celia, very nice work!

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    1. Thank you Debi! I did try and take my time, happy that it comes across.

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  16. This is so beautifully done Celia. I love the way the doily fades into the shadow. One leaf in particular really draws the eye in (the biggest one at the back to the left) and entirely embodies the essence of an African Violet. Beautiful!

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    1. That means so much Wendy, thank you for noticing the leaves! I find it always an enormous challenge.

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  17. Lovely work,,,,I just left a comment but have to press this twice....strange.
    Anyway, nice crochet work and wonderful bloom.

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    1. I'm very happy you took the time to leave me a comment! You have beautiful paintings and look forward to your fig and artichoke paintings.

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  18. The violets are beautiful Celia and the crochet doily is fantastic! At first I thought it was a photo...this has to be a favorite for me!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda! What a compliment!! Have a Happy Easter!

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  19. Precioso, Celia. Transmite paz y alegría.

    Abbraccio

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