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Nightfall Blooms

Nightfall Blooms
watercolor study on paper
26 x 18 cm.

The inspiration for this flower is drawn from a beautiful  John Livzey photograph (painted with permission). It is for the monthly challenge for my online art group.

The gorgeous photographic image was a delight to work from. I did many washes of blue to get the nocturnal feeling and to keep the middle area light I sprayed out the color with a spray bottle. To regain some of the whites I went over the petals with white watercolor pencil. 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope every one has a wonderful week!


  1. Elle est vraiment jolie ton aquarelle!

    Gros bisous Celia


    1. Thank you so much Manon! Big kisses to you as well!!

  2. Love love this one!love , Diana

  3. So beautiful, Celia! The yellow and white make the painting glow.

    1. It taught me the better the image you work from the easier it is...that is probably why you have such a great advantage!

  4. Lovely glowing color!
    Monthly challenges can be so much fun ...

    1. It is fun, especially to try new subjects. Thank you so much for your kind comment Laura!

  5. Flowers have always been a favourite with me. This looks so delicate. Great work.

  6. Your painting is lovely, Celia.
    The photo doesn't make it easy to translate into watercolor, but you have and very well at that.

  7. Dear Celia - this breathtaking. Love the blues in the background too. That spot of yellow is perfect for giving one the feeling of a glow. Have a super week friend. Hugs!

  8. Brava!!!! I love the glow to this! You made the entire painting so harmonious and lovely! Thanks for explaining how you did the glow and the petals.

    1. Thank you Joan! I never tried this type of effect but I got the idea from watching Jame's Gurney's videos.


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