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Cellist
watercolor on Arches cold press paper 
26cm x  35cm

I have slowly been working on this painting for the past month. It is for my online art group's monthly challenge, the photo was provided by Claudia Stougard, painted with permission.
The photo was of a group of string players but I chose to focus on the one cellist and cropped off most of his face to help draw the focus to his hands and the instrument. I then chose to push the blue tones with the background and clothing colors so it would help to draw the attention on the warm tones of the instrument.

my work as it progressed

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  1. This is outstanding and yes, my favorite of yours (for now..lol). I love that you cropped it..done perfectly Celia!!!! Thank you for the progression on this piece!!!

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    1. Thank you for this great encouraging comment Hilda! I love knowing you have a favorite of something I painted!! Hugs!

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  2. Gorgeous. Nice choice to make the suit and the background the same color!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura, for your feedback and encouragement!

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  3. Dear Celia beautiful friend. I love the colors and the composition. So well done. So glad to see how you worked as well. Have a lovely day. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie, you are so kind!! Huge hugs!

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  4. Wow! Oh my that is a lovely painting! Your choices are perfect.
    Right away the hands draw my attention as if I'm ready to hear the next notes.

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    1. I really struggled with the hands so I am happy it all worked ! Thank you so much Maywyn!

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  5. Fabulous painting! I love the blue background to make the instrument and his hands stand out.

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    1. Very kind of you, Judy, thank you!

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  6. This is really awesome Celia ! I love how you placed the figure and the movement of his arms is perfect, I can almost hear him play ! The pleasure you detect on his face is really well done too !

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    1. Your comment made me very happy! Thank you dear Jane!! Hugs!

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  7. Celia, this is quite a lovely painting! I love the blues against the oranges of the cello. I can almost hear the music! Very nice!

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  8. Excellent choice on the cropping, Celia. Has great impact!
    The colors you chose are perfect and one of my favorite
    color harmonies. Always a pleasure to visit.

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    1. your kind words always mean so much, thank you Julie!!

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