Thursday, September 7, 2017

Blushing Peony

Took a picture of this flower at a newly discovered nursery early this spring. I believed it to be a peony, so I did some research and discovered that it is an Itoh Peony, a cross between a tree and herbaceous peony. It is describe on the Peony Farm website as "white to pink/lavender petals, almost as if somebody painted it with watercolor." Well, how fitting that I chose to paint it! My photo led me in a different approach to start this small 6x6 inch piece. I first put in the shadows on the petals with "neutral tint," after which I added many light washes of yellow, red and some blue pigment. Here is the result for what I'll call "Blushing Peony."

"Blushing Peony" 6" x 6" Watercolor ©Johanna Cellucci

Friday, July 28, 2017


Had planted this peony a few years ago and captured a photo of the first bloom last spring.  Wanted to paint it as I like the center on this "Bowl of Beauty" variety. Had started this small 6 x 6 inch painting a few months ago and decided to finish it. Might do another small peony painting just to keep me in the habit of painting.  It took a workshop to get me back, and I don't want to let it drop again. Posting might help toward that end as well.

Peony, 6 x 6 inch, Watercolor ©J. Cellucci

Crystal & Cherries Workshop

Attended Soon Young Warren's "Crystal & Cherries" workshop June 22 - 24, 2017, at Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, CO. The 24 attendees all worked on the same subject with the drawing and steps provided. I surprised myself in completing this painting in a little more than two weeks and am rather pleased with the results. Learned that this seemingly complex subject can be accomplished by working it overall with glazes of rich color for a stunning effect. I will treasure this piece for the valuable lessons learned and because it contains Soon's masterful strokes as she demonstrated her techniques directly on the painting.

Crystal & Cherries, 15 x 22, Watercolor, J. Cellucci
the result of a workshop with Soon Y. Warren

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Watermedia 2017 Acceptance

My sincere thanks to juror, Soon Y. Warren, AWS, NWS, for selecting my painting, “Green Eggs and Salt,” for inclusion in International Watermedia 2017, which is the biennial open, juried exhibition of the Pikes Peak Watercolor SocietyThe exhibition of 100 works will hang from June 2 through June 24, 2017, at Cottonwood Center for the Arts located at 427 E. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.  The exhibition will open on a First Friday, June 2, and there will be an Awards Reception on Wednesday, June 21, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Green Eggs and Salt, 10 x 14, Watercolor ©J. Cellucci

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

PPWS 2016 Members' Show

This is the eleventh year I am participating in the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society Annual Members’ Show.  The Artists’ Reception was held on November 11 at the beautiful Pikes Peak Center.  I haven’t been painting but did not want to miss being a part of this show, so I pulled out a poured watercolor piece and had it framed.  I had redone it with better color results, but always thought this one had a certain appeal.

The show will be open for viewing through January 4, 2017, to ticket holders during regularly scheduled events.  There will also be two special receptions open and free to the public on December 9, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and on December 17, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Water Lily I, 11 x 11, Poured Watercolor ©J. Cellucci

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Only Exhibition Entered this Year

Thank you to the juror, Linda Baker, AWS, NWS, who has selected my painting, “Green Eggs and Salt,” for inclusion into the Aquarius National Watermedia Exhibition 2016, which is the biennial open, juried exhibition of the Southern Colorado Watercolor Society.  The exhibition will hang from August 20 through November 6, 2016, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, located at 210 North Santa Fe Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81003.  There will be an Awards Reception on Friday, October 7, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, which is free and open to the public.

Green Eggs and Salt, 10 x 14, Watercolor ©J. Cellucci

Monday, November 16, 2015

Colorado Watercolor Society 2015 First Annual Online Members Exhibit

 "Water Lily II" ©Johanna Cellucci

"On the Rocks" ©Johanna Cellucci

I am pleased to be participating in the Colorado Watercolor Society 2015 First Annual Online Members Exhibit.  I am a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, and this is the first time entering a strictly online show.  Including two of my poured watercolor paintings shown above, there are 101 images on the CWS website for viewers worldwide.  This is not a juried show, but Mark Mehaffey was the juror of awards.

Here is the direct link to the Exhibit Page: