Capturing little moments and flowers in watercolor

It’s been a while since I picked up my camera and I’ve really been missing it.  It’s one of those things that I say I want to use, I want to work on, but I just don’t make the time for it.  Well, all of that changed the other day.

As I was walking through our living room I noticed morning light hitting the tray of potted plants we keep on our coffee table.  We have two Christmas cactus plants and one very large African violet, the sun was low and creating all kinds of wonderful silhouettes on the Christmas cactus and violet.  Both plants were backlit which made for some really beautiful transparent shapes and patterns.  I literally stopped in my tracks, grabbed my camera, and dropped to the floor snapping several images before the sun rose too high and I lost this little moment.


I did not add any additional lighting or reflectors, nor did I rearrange the plants.  This truly was a captured moment.

My current camera is an old Canon 60D, it may not be the best or most advanced camera out there, but I really enjoy using it.  My lens of choice is the Canon 50mm f/1.8.  I love this lens for its depth of field and super clear images.  Being a prime lens does have its drawback, no zooming.  But I honestly enjoy getting into a shot and moving around to find the right angle and getting the distance I want for the shot.  Yes, you can crop in tighter in post-production, but the greater challenge is getting the cropping where you want it when you shot.  The Christmas cactus was shot as it’s shown above, the violets where cropped square and I did zoom in a bit while editing.

I also made time for some watercolors.

Grape HyacinthsSunflowers 042719 (1 of 1)

My current watercolor paper of choice is Saunders Waterford.  The cold press paper is just fantastic.  They have a standard white which is a traditional offwhite and a High White.  I use the High White, it really adds a nice sparkle to the colors.  The watercolors are a combination of Da Vince and Winsor & Newton.

I usually add a lot more contrast to the values when I paint than I did with the sunflowers, but I just loved the light and bright look of this.  I may have put my brush down a little too early, but I think if I pushed it anymore it could have lost the fresh spring look.

Last week I decided to start selling some of my watercolors on Etsy, I’m only selling the originals not prints.  Here is the link to my Etsy store –
I’m planning to add more pieces as time allows, possibly even some pen and pencil sketches.

That’s all for today…thank you for taking the time to visit my page and read my post.

Take care…Erik




6 thoughts on “Capturing little moments and flowers in watercolor

  1. Ya done good capturing the light. Makes life richer and slows time when you can notice those things. I wish I could. Do watercolor without pen. I think you have a good sense of values.

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