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Sketching Tokala, the cat.

It’s been a while since I’ve done sketches of my cats. high time to do it again.

Tokala was chosen as the model, because she has a lot of finicky tricks when grooming herself. A good thing she isn’t a human, she would be unbearable! I caught some quick movements which are actually more gestures than anything else and one or two poses that she was willing to keep for longer. Good exercise to focus and concentrate. the colour was added later after all the sketches were done.

..Tokala the cat..

All sketches in watercolor and Prera pilot pen in Stillman & Birn sketchbook, alpha series.

Cats 1 Cats 2 Cats 4 Cats3

à bientôt

Ronelle

Into some food sketching

The old year and all its festive eating are behind us and the new year awaits us with our resolutions and new plans and dreams As happens every year, I am slow off the mark and January is a month in which I am somewhat lost. I idle and can’t move into a chosen direction. Maybe it is the aftermath of a great time spent with my family and this year was extra special with us all being in the Haute Savoie in the Alps. My soul is still dwelling there in the snow and vagabonding the beautiful peaks.

I did however succeed in picking up some watercolor this afternoon, capturing the shrimps that will be our dinner. and why not a few shitakes mushrooms along with it.

…Prawns..

watercolor and Prera pilot pen in Alpha series sketchbook, 22.9×15.2cm

shrimps..Shitake mushrooms..

watercolor and Prera pilot pen in Alpha series sketchbook, 22.9×15.2c

shitakes

Goodbye 2014, hello 2015.

I don’t believe in a “bad year”. Every year has its good, its bad and its ugly and when push comes to shove, we can choose what to remember. I had many bad moments, but the good times were so much more and better. Those are the ones I will remember.

May you all remember the good times and have a great 2015.

Bonne année 10001Bonne année 20001Bonne année 3-001 …à bientôt!…

Ronelle

November yellows

There are colours to wear and colours for the home and colours to just admire. I don’t wear yellow and I don’t decorate my home with yellow, but I love yellow in nature, especially all the autumn shades.

sketches-autumn leaves

I played around with lines and brushes, brush strokes, splotches and of course colour.

sketches-autumn leaves-001

sketching -Autumn leaves 5

sketching yellow autumn leavesSketching autumn leaves

November yellows

Nature’s reds in November

The reds in nature are now at their peak and are quickly fading away as the leaves start to fall. As much as the reds and nature are/were inspiring, I couldn’t succeed in really “getting into it”. the reds tricked me, my sketching was off and my wist was stiff as Sylvester Stallone’s biceps….fit for many other things, but not for drawing. It is nonetheless part of my series for November colours..so here are they…the reds of November.

Ronelle's art-sketching November reds Ronelle's art-sketching November reds -001

The palette for a mix of all the reds:

  • Golden pink
  • Potter’s pink
  • Cadmuim red
  • Rose madder
  • Venetian red
  • Burnt sienna
  • Alizaron crimson
  • Ultramarine violet

Ronelle's art-sketching November reds -002* On Myfrenchkitchen, I have posted a recipe and photos..all in the spirit of November reds..

à bientôt

Ronelle

Café sketches

For figurative oil paintings, I use my people sketches for references. Sitting in a café, trying to hide behind a coffee and sketching with subtlety, is always difficult for me. I always feel like intruding, so I really try hard to be quick and get it over with.

The following sketches were all done in Stillman and Birn sketchbook, alpha series, with a Prera fountain pen. Here and there I have added some touches of watercolour(the lunch which was first done in pencil, then the watercolour and then the pen lines were added) and with some I just added slight water touches to bleed the ink.

..enjoying a lunch at Café douceur..

Ronelle's art-sketching

…Two ladies at the coffee counter…

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..a soloist performing away(I am very excited about the figurative oil painting from this one)

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..a few more faces..

aert collage peopleà la prochaine fois

Ronelle

Sketching those high heel Mary Janes.

Ronelle's art- sketching-mary jane shoes..0001

“When I was young, I had beautiful shoes. High heels, stilettos, platforms, ballerinas, even vintage shoes my mother wore in the 40’s.  But that was then. Now my favorite shoes are loafers. With dresses or with trousers. I wear my loafers all four seasons long. In summer I love sandals too. Ones with bands over the foot, no flip flops which force me to arch my sweet toes into cramps from hell  to prevent the things from slipping off my foot and drive me to legal drugs at night to just get some shut eye. Comfort is the magic word when it comes to shoes. As well as clothes for that matter. There was a time when I would sacrifice comfort for beauty. But that was also then….

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