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Urban sketches

balcony with column
watercolor on paper
sketched plein-air

I have focused on my neighborhood, outfitted with my sketching supplies, this month. I find myself feeling better while sketching on location on trial and error.  I also fine tune what works, what to avoid, what to bring, best time of day, etc. I really enjoy sketching this way. One never knows what to expect, ideas are always challenged by changes to the environment. The "cafe sketching" experience was more successful this time. I went with a friend, as had been suggested, it is surely more fun! Have to admit, I do have more enjoyment scoping out interesting architectural areas. I find myself looking at people's laundry, hanging over windows, in a different way.

  I thank everyone for your kind visits to my blog throughout the year. I wish you all a wonderful, Happy New Year!


the pink house on a hill
watercolor on paper
sketched plein-air




morning tea break
sketchbook page

Comments

  1. Lovely urban scenes, Celia! I like that you really pushed the colors on the buildings! I could easily immerse myself in that last sketchbook page and sit with you for a while. Wishing you a Happy New Year and an inspired 2016!!!

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    1. I am using a paper from Cartiera Magnani, I feel like it makes a difference in my colors too. I followed your advice and brought someone with me, it would be fun if you could join me to sketch! I wish you all the best in the New Year! I will be following your 30 day challenge, I love your theme!

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  2. C'est somptueux Celia et je te souhaite une bonne année 2016, Bonheur, Amour et de la santé.

    Gros bisous

    Manon

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    1. Thank you Manon! I hope you receive everything you are wishing for this year!!

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  3. Lovely plein air watercolours Celia! How exciting - you are practically "an old hand" at it now. I particularly love your pink house on a hill. You must have so much fodder for sketching over there! Wishing you a very exciting, healthy and happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Wendy! It really is a bright pink too! Thank you for the good wishes! I am excited to see you participating in the Leslie Saeta Challenge, a great way start to the year!

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  4. Meilleurs souhaits Celia! Que cette Nouvelle Année soit douce pour toi et pleine de belles surprises. Je vois que déjà tu as des projets et la volonté des réussir. Gros bisosu

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    1. Thank you Helen! I wish you a wonderful, creative New Year!

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  5. Your painting are fresh and well designed. I am particularly drawn to still life so enjoyed Morning Tea Break as much as your buildings. Your words remind me of the joy and difficulties of plein air painting. W@ell done.
    Wishing you a lovely healthy, and Creative New Year!

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    1. Thank you Julie! There is always so much to gain from stepping out, wishing you a great year too!

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  6. Nice sketches Celia, Happy New Year which I know will find you lots more interesting places to sketch

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    1. Thank you Lorraine, I think it will too!

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  7. Wishing you plenty more joyous moments urban sketching in 2016 Celia. Lovely mix of sketches. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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    1. That is a great wish Laura, thank you and the same for you!

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  8. Great sketches! Happy New Year, Celia!

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    1. Thank you Judy, I wish you a great year too!!

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  9. What a lovely post , really like the colors used in the building in the first painting, screams Rome all over the place , but I love all the subjects, so fresh! Wishing you a wonderful 2016 with lots of creativity , and thank you for your ever so lovely comments :-) xx

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    1. Thank you Jane, and thank you for showing me such great encouragement!!

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  10. Dear Celia - your sketches are so lovely and fresh. It is wonderful to see your part of the world through them. I hope you have a great new year too.

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    1. It is a great way to share, I always love seeing your sketches too! I hope you have a wonderful year!

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  11. Hello Celia!
    Love,love,love your urban sketches! I so love cityscapes! You certainly know how to best use watercolor! Bravo as always! Happy New Year my art buddy!
    Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael! It is a challenge for me, but can see why you enjoy painting them too!! Wishing you a great year, maybe with less snow?

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