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Preserving It Fresh

 Preserving It Fresh
watercolor on Arches paper
17 cm x 17 cm

 I started this still life painting from freshly bought flowers I purchased during the summer. Even if I had to put the painting aside for a while, I was finally able to finish it last week from some photos I had taken. It is one of four paintings I am working on for a series which I will be presenting as a gift.

The painting went through a series of scrubbing off and paint reapplying. I normally don't prefer to use masking fluid but found it necessary to preserve the various areas of color and build up the hues. I was always worried I would end up tearing the paper when rubbing but it handles it well ...I sweated bullets, as can be imagined, in the process.

(below, various stages of my work in progress)


  1. Lovely painting, and well done.
    I share your fears. Once you get use to masking fluid, you might use it often. There are images that I can't do without out it.

  2. Beautifully painted Celia!!!! Outstanding work with the Mason jars as well!!!!

  3. In spite of all the rubbing off it really does look fresh, wonderful work on the glass jar ! Have a nice week.

  4. Dear Celia this is very soft and lovely. I am so impressed with how you painted the mason jar. What a wonderful job. This is going to be a beautiful series. Hope you have a great day. Hugs!

  5. Beautiful! I like the lights you preserved in the mason jar. Are all four paintings going to be florals? As much as masking is sometimes hard to remove, there are times when you really need to use it.


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