Violets and houses

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.

African Violets 050119 (1 of 1)

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.

Alley 043019 (1 of 1)Value Study 050119 (1 of 1)

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


11 thoughts on “Violets and houses

    1. Thanks, Mike, I truly appreciate that! I think the real me is slowly coming out every time I draw or paint. I feel with each piece I create another layer of me goes with it. It’s been an interesting journey for sure.

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  1. Wonderful work as usual. I Know its not a badger on the power lines. Is it a squirrel. Do you have lots of squirrels in your too?

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