Skip to main content

African Violets


 African violets
sketchbook page

I painted this sketch slowly, over a few day's time.  I use my sketchbook to experiment towards improving my skills although I seem to always find myself in a hurry to finish the sketches. It took my African Violets over two years to bloom, I felt compelled to capture this achievement!

The flu is making the rounds around my household once more, I hope everyone else is well!

Comments

  1. I'm impressed with your work on the doily under the flowers as well as the flowers. Great job! Hope everyone there bounces back quickly!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Joan, making lots of warm soups this week!

      Delete
  2. Celia, your african violets are gorgeous. I like the mute tones and the complexity of the lace.
    Hope you do not have the flu..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Martine, I was the first one to catch it, now I've gotten everyone else sick.Thank you for your kind comment!

      Delete

  3. I love this painting Celia, the detail is gorgeous, African Violets are so pretty. Good for you getting them to bloom, it takes a while sometime for certain flowers to bloom - the reward is worth the wait I'm sure. Stay well Celia!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Debi, I have a special pot for African Violets, maybe this helps? Thank you for your visit!

      Delete
  4. Can see why you would want to capture your blooms Celia, great job too on the lace

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Lorraine, happy you like it! xx

      Delete
  5. Celia, tus flores africanas son sencillamente preciosas!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Muchas gracias Eva, lo aprecio mucho!

      Delete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Celia, this is so pretty... I have had African violets on my window sills for years.
    They like a northern window... light but no sun...
    So glad they bloomed for you...

    ReplyDelete
  8. Bonjour Célia,
    Quel bonheur cette jolie floraison, c'est très beau ♥

    Bisous

    Manon

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Manon, wishing you a wonderful weekend!

      Delete
  9. Hello Celia. The flu has visited my household too, this week it was my turn, but better now. Your african violet is beautiful , and I wonder, how do you paint lace so perfectly , is there a trick to know ?? Wish you a happy (and healthy) weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sorry to hear this Jane, I hope you are taking care of yourself!

      I draw lightly the lace as one circular pattern, then lightly draw smaller circles within the circle, following the pattern of my doily. I then picked out some of the details and shapes of the design. I then erase the many light lines I drew as guidelines.

      Thank you for your visit, sending you a warm hug!

      Delete
  10. Lovely painting Celia, my sketchbook has so many scratchy sketches. I hope you all are feeling better soon!! This is so beautiful!! love to you,Diana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your kind comment and good wishes, Diana!

      Delete
  11. Celia perhaps it does us good to regularly change the pace of how we paint. Maybe it stops us getting stuck in a rut. Love this especially the delicacy on the doily. Hope everyone is better soon. Take care. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Laura, I'm happy you agree! Hope you are taking good care of yourself! Have a peaceful Sunday!

      Delete
  12. Looks like a fragile flower plant but no not at all. I think you've been talking and spoiling your plant Celia, to get it to look so charming! Lovely work on the doily too. Hope you're ok, Hugs

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is a great idea Helen, I should talk to my plants! I know you know a lot about growing beautiful flowers. Thank you for taking the time to leave me this nice comment! A big hug to you as well!

      Delete
  13. So lovely! I love the gentle way you've handled the flowers and leaves, the built up washes--gives them a soft glow!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Dear Celia - what a wonderful sketch as well as a great composition. Brings back wonderful memories too because my Grandma used to grow African Violets. She could get them to bloom but I have a plant sitting on my kitchen counter that hasn't bloomed in years...still green and growing but no flowers. So glad to see yours did. Take care and hope everyone recovers from the flu. Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit to leave this lovely comment!
      My thoughts and prayers are with your mother, that she may get well soon!

      Delete
  15. Your African Violets are so beautiful, Celia. I have very bad luck in keeping them alive..... I hope you're feeling better...take care, my friend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Much better, especially with such warm and kind comments, thank you Hilda!

      Delete
  16. Ooh! I love this Celia! You've captured the plant's essence perfectly - a really lovely painting! Well done with getting it to flower. I once had a beautiful African violet that flowered copiously and thrived for a few years. I didn't have any luck with a few successors but your painting has inspired me to try again. I think the trick is to find the perfect position for them.
    I hope you're feeling better soon!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So nice to see you Wendy! Thank you for your kind comment and visit! I really enjoyed your beach photos!

      Delete
  17. You have certainly captured the delicacy of violets. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your visit to my blog and kind words Sharon!

      Delete
  18. Oaky my new FB art buddy! I am so happy to follow you on your art blog and on FB! Only problem I am not sure when or where I many have commented! I so love these violets and the doily! Great art and great skill! Luscious comes to mind! Of course I echo what Wendy B. wrote! "Capture The Essence Perfectly!" Bravo Buddy!
    Michael

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Same thing happens to me Michael, don't worry! I am always happy to hear from you anytime and anyplace. Take care in the winter storm, hope all is well! Un caldo abbraccio

      Delete
  19. Celia, it's a lovely painting! Your colour choices are perfect as well! Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Laura, your comment means a lot to me!

      Delete
  20. Oh Celia - this is truly beautiful. I do hope you paint it again - larger. This is so well done all you have to do it copy it.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh Celia - this is truly beautiful. I do hope you paint it again - larger. This is so well done all you have to do it copy it.

    ReplyDelete
  22. It is so nice! I think the colours are so soft and pretty. Love the violett. And it is good to take the time and not hurry a painting. I do that too often.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm very happy you like it Catharina, it means a lot to me!

      Delete
  23. What a sweet painting. I hope the flu has left your house.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you ,Carole, it has and lets hope it stays away!

      Delete
  24. It's beautiful. I was so lost in the painting, it took some time to register it was a sketchbook. Hope you and your family will be back in prime of health soon.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hi there Celia. The flu, oh no, hope you're all taking care of yourselves!
    This turned out beautifully! As the mother of two very grown children,
    (27 & 30 yikes!) I know your girls will cherish your sketchbooks as they grow up.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Carmella, we are much better now. I sure hope they do, when they were smaller we would collaborate on some drawings. Great memories!

      Delete
  26. This is beautiful, I admire you as a watercolorist with your patience and dedication. Lovely colors.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

All about Roses

 View of Rome from the Pincian Hill watercolor on paper 23 x 30.5
My friend, Michelle Endersby,  asked if I would enjoy doing a sketch of a rose in Rome for her monthly newsletter. Michelle's work has the most beautiful art inspired by roses and nature (click here to view her work). She shares her knowledge about roses, rose gardens, most importantly her current artworks. She has an amazing collection of roses from her personal garden, homeland of Australia and travels. (you can view them on her  Instagram page)

Rome has many beautiful gardens. My thoughts went back to a rose I remembered seeing in the Pincian Gardens. I always hoped to have the opportunity to go back to paint this image. I was lucky enough when I made it back up there to find roses to sketch, it happened to be just as the sun was setting.  The light became golden, sharpening the colors of the already beautiful subject for me.



my sketch done on site
------------------------------------------------------------------…

Hidden Darling

Hidden Darling watercolor on Canson paper
24 x 32 cm

A painting of what is in front of me, from direct observation. 
I am finding it more difficult to keep up with this blog. I feel I need to simplify, this will be my last post. 
I wish to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit me here over the years. It has been a wonderful experience.
If I don't already follow you on other platforms, please leave me a comment and let me know where I can find you to stay in touch.

If you are interested in keeping up with my work, I mostly post on Instagram at the present under @celiawatercolor

I also will be updating my website more regularily
 ( watercolorsbyceliablanco.com )



Peaceful Isolation

Peaceful Isolation
17 × 11cm watercolor on FABRIANO ARTISTICO cold press paper
available
I painted this on location while on the Greek island of Ios. I was mesmerized by the jewel color of the ocean and the beautiful color shifts it created. One of my favorite spots had this dinghy left at anchor, I was immediately attracted by the similarities between the colors of the dinghy and the surrounding water. 


This is the first sketch in my sketchbook.
The sun dried everything on contact, which took some getting use to.  I discovered that it was better if I filled my palette wells with water and worked smaller.



This is the second sketch.
The little red dot you see in the water is my husband snorkeling.  He wears a red swim cap to make it easy for me to find him.



This is as far as I got on location. I didn't bring my finer brushes. I left the fine details for when I got home.


Thank you for your visit!