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:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

International Watermedia 2015 Acceptance

Thank you to the juror, Ted Nuttall, AWS, NWS, who has selected my painting, “Coneflowers on Parade,” for inclusion in International Watermedia 2015, which is the biennial open, juried exhibition of the Pikes Peak Watercolor SocietyThe exhibition will hang from June 1 through June 29, 2015, at Library 21c, located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.  There will be an Opening & Awards Reception on Friday, June 5, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, which is free and open to the public.

Coneflowers on Parade, 18 x 10, Watercolor ©J. Cellucci

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Not Quite Poured Watercolor

Thought this subject would work well for a poured watercolor, but ended up never doing a true pour finding I could not let go of having control of where the color flowed.  So, the first layer was put in with a large brush onto wet 300 lb. Arches CP, while the second layer was done with a pipette on a wet surface using the warm triad of New Gamboge, Naphthol Red and Cobalt Blue.  The yellow areas of the butterfly were masked out after the first brushed application of paint and frisket was splattered on the rocks.  Wetting the entire surface again, a pipette was used to apply the three colors again, with more frisket spatter after it dried.  The rocks had too much color and were scrubbed off with a synthetic brush and water revealing the texture of the paper.  After masking the other markings on the butterfly, I washed over the butterfly using Sepia and started directly painting the shadows on the rocks with Indanthrene Blue and a mixture of the two for the deepest shadows.  Lastly, the frisket was removed, a bit of mixed orange was applied to the yellow areas of the butterfly and the rocks were spattered with the dark mix.

On the Rocks, 11” x 15” Watercolor, ©Johanna Cellucci

At the start, I was not happy the way it was turning out, envisioned tearing it up and finding something else to work on.  After letting it sit for a week, I figured why not just play with it.  The result isn’t my usual work, but does have some interest and surely a lot of texture.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Another Small Floral

While others were taking a 30-day painting challenge in September, I felt like I needed to have something to paint.  I started this 6” x 6” watercolor from a photo of a potted hydrangea that was taken inside a store.  It was lit well enough to give me the needed light and shadow.  Having put it aside many times, I would go back to it building up many wet layers.  Cobalt Blue and Permanent Rose are the primary colors used along with some New Gamboge Yellow.  I enjoy doing these small florals in between larger pieces to keep me in practice.

Blue Hydrangea, 6” x 6” Watercolor, ©Johanna Cellucci

Friday, August 29, 2014

Santa Fe Shadows and Colors

Not knowing what to paint next, I decided to work on this subject which I had originally prepared for a workshop but never used.  It is from a photo taken in Santa Fe quite a few years ago.  The colorful door and the shadows are what appealed to me.  For the most part, Holbein colors were used with some being opaque.  Relying heavily on masking made for much edge cleanup.  The reds in the image appear more saturated than they are on the painting.  The detail at the top of the door was a challenge to do, as well as the reflections in the windows.  I’m not sure of the merits of this painting, but at least it kept me painting on and off as I usually do.

Shadow Play, 14 x 10, Watercolor, ©J. Cellucci