Wednesday, January 20, 2010

EDM 257 - Draw a houseplant


One cold, dark, winter afternoon I struggled through the snow to the grocery store to stock up. There by the entrance was a display of these beautifully blooming African Violets. They were waiting for people like me who were mourning the lack of fresh, blossoming things and sun-warmed earth to dig into. How could I resist? I brought it home and it has cheered my heart and soul, bravely blooming against a backdrop of snow drifts in the back yard.
Years ago, I heard a CBC reporter interview a woman who lived in northern England. She asked how the residents coped with the lack of sunshine and warmth during the very short days. The woman replied "We draw the drapes against the dark, we light a fire against damp, and we have a wee drop of Port to warm our hearts". I admire that woman's practicality and resiliance.

Pentel pen and brushpens and watercolor pencils in the Moleskine sketchbook.

10 comments:

Alex said...

Beautifully drawn plant! I really like the unique look of the flowers :) well executed!!!

Lois0607 said...

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see you again :-)

raena said...

I love African violets! They are such a cheery plant! Well sketched too!

Martine said...

Lovely and so nice to look at while waiting for a little bit of sunshine !

donna said...

Wonderful drawing and post. Thank you for sharing.

theamplegoddess said...

My grandma & mom always had african violets in the kitchen windowsill! Maybe I will too when I don't have 4 cats who fight for windowsill space.

You're drawing is wonderful. So pretty.

alissa4102 said...

A happy and bright plant. Thank you

nanke's stuff said...

Oh yes, African violets in the winter are pure pleasure! Fine drawing of this plant ... now, where's the port? lol nancy

Ramona Davidson said...

Love your African Violets. They definitely form a boundary and defense against the drab weather. Thank you for sharing them.

Julie said...

I love African violets, your sketch is so pretty.