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Radicchio Leaf

Radicchio Leaf
17 × 11cm

watercolor on FABRIANO ARTISTICO cold press paper

While making dinner for my family,  I saved one leaf from a head of radicchio to begin the painting from life that evening.  While it was still fresh I took a picture,  I finished it from the photo reference later.  I fell in love with the beautiful designs in the leaf and the contrast of intense purple against white. Something I have been trying to focus on is adding repeated layers to create stronger colors.  


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  1. The beauty of simple things!

  2. You nailed the variations in color perfectly!

    1. Thank you, Joan, what a wonderful compliment!!

  3. Celia - you captured a simple leaf and made it beautiful. Great inspiration is all around us - we just need to look. Hope the salad was good too! Have a great weekend. Hugs!

    1. It truly is and I love this salad. Thank you so much! A big hug to you!!

  4. So beautiful, Celia! You captured the colours perfectly!

  5. You captured the leaf so well Celia, the colors are perfect!

  6. I did a watercolor painting of a leaf of 'Chioggia' years ago, and I remember how difficult it was with all the lines and shades, you did an awesome job , perfect colors !

  7. This leaf has a lot of wonderful skill behind it. My favorite areas are the edges. Soft and crisp. Just perfect!

    1. What a wonderful compliment, thank you Julie!!

  8. Wow, what great colors! Love how you used yellow+purple grays to make the purple of the leaf vibrate!

  9. How can a leaf look so good!! Beautiful color and shading Celia.

  10. Lovely work Celia, very nice! Have a fruitful week!😘


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