We have several houseplants scattered around our home, they are frequent subjects for my creative outlets, and our African violet is now starting to bloom. The blooms vary from pink to almost all white, right now it’s blooming all white with a smidge of pink on the edges. I originally painted this with the white blooms but it just looked like I forgot to paint the flowers, so I used my creative license and added some color.
In the past, I would try to go back into the painting and add some pencil or pen lines, but I have started using my rigger brush instead of the other tools. It’s been years since I’ve used the rigger brush, I guess I just forgot I had it. The lines I am able to get with this little brush are just great, not to mention the varied colors of those lines. This brush will be getting a lot of use going forward!
I am getting back to house and alley studies, the florals are great, but sometimes a little structure is nice. And it’s good to keep the perspective skills sharp.
The alley watercolor and pen sketch is in my Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook, it’s the 8.5 x 9-inch book, the pencil sketch is my Landland 8 x 5.5-inch sketchbook. I like these books for their compact size and ease of packing, but I am finding I am really enjoying working with larger sizes. For years I have used various sketchbooks for the watercolors, but working with larger loose sheets is so much more fun. Storage has always been an issue in our home, I’ll call it a cottage, so the sketchbooks have made the most sense, they are also more economical. But with a few tweaks to the art closet and my art funds, I am pretty sure I’ll be much happier in the long run switching to the larger sketchbooks and loose sheets of watercolor paper.
Well, that’s all for today, thank you, everyone, for reading my rambles…Erik