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Spain sketches 3

This will be the last post on Spain sketches. Next will be a post on the splatters I make hat I promised a while back.

 man sleeping on deck chair

watercolor and prera pilot penspain sketches 7

..beach scene..

watercolor and pentel brush pen

spain sketches 10

spain sketches 11

..around the pool..

watercolor and pilot prera pen

spain sketches 2..a bientôt..

Ronelle


Spain sketches 1: Xiringuito, Canyelles platja.

I had the greatest holiday on the costa Brava in Spain , broken leg and all. My family decided a wheelchair is the way to get around effortlessly and although I complained loud and clear, I have to admit they were right. I could of course only sit at the “xiringuito” (beach bar) and sketch the world around me, while friend and family were out on the beach, in the water, snorkeling, sailing. But that is OK, I will get my turn next year.

the sketches are all done in situ and there will be blotches all over, because I turned pages while the paint wasn’t completely dry. a lot of mistakes too, which stayed on the pages, since I did everything directly in pen and just sketched over the mistakes. As you can see, my sketchbooks aren’t perfectly beautiful…too many blops and bloops!

xiringuito, Canyelles platja

spain sketches 15elderly lady on the couch at the xiringuitto, typing away on her tablet.

spain sketches 3

a couple on the couch, taking a break from the sand and  sun spain sketches 4

a young lady, very prettily coiffed and made-up, with matching purse, waiting for her drink spain sketches 6-001à la prochaine

Ronelle


A selfportrait.

I broke my leg a week ago. Played ball with Lindiwe, our young German Shepherd girl and slipped when running down a hill and I just heard that bone break when I hit the ground. Now my leg is up to the knee in a cast and I am on crutches.

..selfportrait of poor me ..

dip pen and black ink in Daler rowney sketchbook, 21X29.7cm

selfportrait broken legThat is the worst…these crutches. They frustrate me beyond belief. The first few days it felt like someone on either side of my arms were pulling me apart across my chest and my leg carrying the weight felt like it was carrying a freight ship. I moved like a hiccup…in short jumps, trying my best to take a painless step forward. Each time someone tried to encourage me or applaud my effort, I felt like whacking them with the crutches. If I didn’t desperately need both crutches, I probably would have done so. I have never broken anything. Sure, many stretched or torn muscles because of sport, but never a broken something. So using these crutches was for me, the ever impatient one, a miserable punishment. But I just had to picture people less fortunate who live like this every day of their lives, and I would get up, let go of the feeling-sorry-for-myself-upper-lip and get moving.

My daughter told me to do a selfportrait of miserable-me during this time. And so I did. And it was the perfect way of taking a step back and end up laughing at myself and be grateful that it is only a broken leg.

..my children decided the white plaster is far too boring, so we decorated it a bit with a black marker..

broken leg

My next post will be on splashes, splotches and splatters. Keep an eye out if you are interested in seeing how I splash and splatter paint on paper.

à bientôt

Ronelle


Two more garden corner sketches in watercolour.

I sat myself in the same  spot outside on the terrace as yesterday and did 2 more sketches . I have now almost made a complete 360 degrees turn and sketched what I saw in front of me. This time I faced the house and sketched one of the two comfy chairs under the kitchen window on the terrace. The chandelier hanging under the grapevine was next with the crystals catching the sunlight and flashing in all the colours..I can’t do it justice, but I remember it.

comfy chair on the terrace

watercolor and nib pen with blck ink in Daler rowney sketchbook, 21X29.7cm

chair on the terrasseChandelier hanging under grapevine

watercolor and nib pen with blck ink in Daler rowney sketchbook, 21X29.7cm

cchandelieron terrasse0001


Aquarelle sketches of garden corners.

I sat out in the garden today and turned my chair 180 degrees to get to 4 sketches. My anduze pot with a young cycad , then the apple tree behind a table, the gagoile fountain next to a potted lemon tree and lastly the old barn door with a lost sunflower beside it. All 4 sketches are somewhat wonky: the cycad in the first sketch is really terrible and the gargoyle is yotally off scale and askew…in reality the gargoyle is beautiuful, orignating from the 13th centurychateau de Chauvigny and it was a birthday giort from mon chéri many years ago.

..anduze pot with a young cycad..

watercolor and pentel brush pen in Daler Rowney sketchbook, 21X29.7 cm

Garden corners..apple tree and table with terracotta pot..

watercolor and pentel brush pen in Daler Rowney sketchbook, 21X29.7 cm

Garden corners-001

..gargoyle fountain beside a potted lemon tree against a stone wall..

watercolor and dip pen with black ink in Daler Rowney sketchbook, 21X29.7 cm

Garden corners-002..old barn door  with wilted sunflower..

watercolor and dip pen with black ink in Daler Rowney sketchbook, 21X29.7 cm

Garden corners-003à bientôt

Ronell


Sketches: shasta daisies and a bouquet of flowers.

I love the big summer Shasta daisies…they provide the most beautiful splotches of white colour in the garden, especially in the evenings.

shasta daisies

watertcolour and nib pen in Daler rowney sketchook, 21×29.7cm

shasta daisies

I received a lovely bouquet of flowers from our neighbors this past weekend…Gerbera daises, Gypsophillas, and dark red cockscombs.

..bouquet de fleurs..

watertcolour and pentel brushpebn in Daler rowney sketchook, 21×29.7cm

bouquet de fleurs


EDM-art 28-31: birdfeeder, garden ornament, faucet and eggs.

I am quite satisfied with my contribution to EDM. I have done every subject, 31 days. Definitely not  project to do every month, but I am pleased with myself for sticking to it and completing it.

..eggs..

watercolour and pentel brush pen in Daler Rowney sketchbook,14.9 X21 cm

eggs EDMWhat has EDM 2015 meant to me.

  • I have realized once again that drawing every day is essential for developing different skills and keeping them oiled.
  • Drawing every day makes us see the world and every day subjects through different glasses.
  • It forces self discipline.
  • It pushes you to push yourself.
  • It makes an artist work through a problem and not around it.
  • I didn’t always like the theme/subject of the day, but being committed made me do it anyway.
  • Looking back on a completed month of drawing is highly satisfactory.
  • It is inspiring to see others interpretations.
  • The enthusiasm of new comers to drawing and sketching is contagious.
  • New artist friends are made.
  • New directions in expression are considered.
  • More looseness and free strokes/lines creep into work.
  • Perfection lies in the imperfect strokes.
  • Deadlines lead to getting the work done.
  • There is no such thing as “not enough time/don’t have time”.
  • Doing art/drawing/sketching/painting every day is simply fun.
  • The journey supposed to be fun.

..Garden ornament and basket with fruit for birds..

watercolour and pentel brush pen in Daler Rowney sketchbook,14.9 X21 cm

garden ornaments..Faucet..

watercolour and pentel brush pen in Daler Rowney sketchbook,14.9 X21 cm

faucetà bientôt

Ronelle


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