Skip to main content

Shades of Lavender

Shades of Lavender
watercolor on paper
24 x 32 cm

I am working from the same lavender photo of my last post. This time I stepped back in order to add more lavender in my composition. I took a different approach to my painting process and tried to draw less before, going right into the painting. I also kept my palette to a minimum of colors. I like to let my imagination wander a bit, not adhering strictly to the photo.

Thank you for visiting!


  1. Beautiful
    It is scary to go right into the painting. Congratulations on your bravery.

    1. I was trying to loosen up more, I'm not sure if it worked but it was fun to try something different. Thank you for the encouragement!

  2. Lovely colors in the lavender and the background. Well done, Celia.

  3. Wonderfully fresh colors , such a pretty painting , love the bumblebee too :-))

  4. What a gorgeous combination of colors.
    You have made the Bumblebee shine in all its glory...
    catching the play of movement and light with a wonderful
    variation of edges.

    1. Thank you so much, Julie, for stopping by and leaving me this uplifting comment... made my day especially because I had a hard time with this one.

  5. Dear Celia - this is so beautiful. I thought the last painting was grand but this one even more so. Your colors are glorious and the subject is wonderful.

    1. Wow, thank you Debbie!! I really appreciate your kind words!!

  6. Gorgeous lavender colours!

    1. Thank you Judy, it is a wonderful compliment!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

If Life Gives You Lemons

 IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper 30 x 23 cm available
Now that it is summer, Amalfi lemons are in season at my local market. They are grown on the hills of the Campania  region, around Sorrento and Amalfi. They have a characteristic sweetness, a consequence of the volcanic soil, year-round warm temperatures, and perfect amounts of rain.

After rinsing the lemons, I set them on a kitchen towel to dry. As I went about, I would pause often to take in the soft delicate pastel colors. My purpose became to convey the soft light that comes in, with many variations of whites and neutrals to highlight the sunny yellow skin of the lemons.

It has also been helping me to do a warm up sketch before painting. I keep this sketch beside me to test colors before actually applying them.

 my warm up sketch
When all of this is over, I have a whole book of baking recipes devoted to the fragrance of these lemons ... I need to get to work!

Oatmeal Lemon Bars

A Rose Aglow

A Rose Aglow watercolor sketch on paper 18 x 26 cm

The rose in this painting is situated in front of my daughter's high school. As I was walking past it, the sun was hitting it in a way that made it seem it was glowing with a beautiful mix of yellows and pinks.  I recently purchased some paints from the Ecoline liquid watercolor line. I enjoyed playing here with the pleasant intensity they possess. With this type of liquid ink there is the possibility of degradation of its properties over time, I will keep it for sketching purposes only.

 work in progress

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!