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Six apples and a sucrine in aquarelle.

In summer we don’t eat apples. We munch on peaches and nectarines. Except the horses. They have their apples throughout the year. An apple is one of the most delicious subjects to draw and paint. For the experts it is a challenge to capture its real beauty and succulent appearance and for the beginner it is easy enough to start off with and be inspired to keep going.

…six apples…

pen and aquarelle on watercolor block

apples en aqua

..six apples close-up..

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Just for some lazy fun, I splashed some greens for a sucrine salad…using blues and yellows, purple and payes gray for darker shadows. Salad is always difficult to draw and paint, so many lines and squigles…definitely not a favorute subkect of mine. The greens are a great challenge though!

..sucrine salad..

pen and aquarelle on waterclor block

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..sucrine salad close-up..

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Espelette chillies in charcoal and sanguine.

Without planning it, these experiments have turned into a series. As it is raining constantly outside, I have to dine my subjects inside. I started off with clementines(see post here) and today I grabbed the bunch of dried Espelette chillies hanging next to the stove.

…Espelette chillies in charcoal and sanguine, 50x 65cm…

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I started off in light vine charcoal, rubbed over slightly  with my hand to erase most of the lines and then went in with the sanguine. piment d'espelettes 2917x3641

The completed drawing. Using white conté stick, I added the last highlights/ details.

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…Close- up 1…

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…close-up 2…piment d'espelettes 4164x2955

Radishes in charcoal and watercolor

Continuing my experimentation with large formats, different mediums and free strokes. Still sticking with charcoal, which is an unforgiving medium, but exactly that fact gives me the freedom to “play” freely. You can”t start over every time you make a mistake; so you  are forced  to work with the mistakes, which can either lead to great discoveries, or total mess ups  – not to be seen as a bad thing. I also prefer working with the dark charcoal, and one can see in the images below the really dark black it gives. I don’t use fixatives.. I have the impression it doesn’t work in any case..

…radishes in charcoal, watercolor and watercolor pencils, 42x60cm..

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I chose radishes, cut off most of the leaves  to expose mostly the stems, thew them out on the table and chose a composition with only a few radishes.

..the start – in charcoal lines and watercolor washes, using lot of water and allowing it to run…

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After finishing, I stood back and the watercolor looked too washed out against the dark charcoal, so I added watercolor pencil, washed it to blend and give darker color, and here and there I left some pencil marks to echo the charcoal lines.

…radishes – close up 1..

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Far from being a perfect piece and it won’t end up in an exhibition, this was another good exercise in getting rid of “fear”.

….radishes – close up 2…

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…radishes – close up 3…

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Onto some some more work!!!

à bientôt


Clementines in charcoal.

Thankfully there is always an end to yesterday. And to whining. Once I got tired of my own whining about this not working and that not good enough(see the previous post), I had the clarity to see that the only way to change what I don’t like in my art, is to work at it.

..Clementines in charcoal on paper, 43X60cm..

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So here is what I went for:

  1. I worked only charcoal and white conté sticks.
  2. Large format. I will go bigger still, bit for the time being 43x60cm is plenty.
  3. I put the drawing on my easel and work with the whole arm and not the wrist, standing back often to get distance.
  4. No details.
  5. Large and free strokes.
  6. No erasing.
  7. No planning ahead, trusting impulse.
  8. Still worked from life..whatever is around, but no photos.
  9. No direct copying, put marks and lines as I felt and wanted, whether it is correct or not.
  10. Stopped early enough, while I still had the urge to continue.

 I enjoyed this process todayeven though it still has my typical mark making, I feel happy about it. Will continue experimenting.

The paper is bending on the easel as I didn’t add a big enough support behind it, so the colour and focus are not perfect all over the paper.

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Some close ups  below to see the marks and smudges.

Close up 1

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Some of the close-ups actuall make for nice pieces on their own..so the piece of work can be torn or cut into sections and reworked..maybe collaged as part of another work…?

Close up 2

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Close up 3

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Close up 4

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Stay tuned for loads of work in the next few weeks..and if you feel like joining in..please do so.

à bientôt


Peaches in watercolor

Yay..I’m back to plein air painting after a dry spell of two years…..The oil paintings are busy drying, while outside the thunder is rolling and the rain is showering down, bringing welcome relief to a dry garden. The days are wonderfully hot, hot, hot…I love every sweaty minute! Believe it or not, it is in this sweltering heat that I decided to move out to plein air again with my palette and oils. Summer works for me. In the meantime, some peaches  in watercolor, done with some big round yellow peaches and juicy flat white ones..which are all devoured by now and the cause of some tummy ache…Summer and its fruit does that to me too..

..trois pêches plates.

watercolor and pen on aquarelle block, 18X26cm

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..trois pêches jaunes..

watercolor and pen on aquarelle block, 18X26cm

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Two..or maybe three eggs in watercolor.

Eggs. Easy to draw. Difficult to paint. but satisfying, because one can play around a lot with painting eggs..or the suggestion of eggs. Sometimes it works.  Sometimes not.

..three eggs 1..

in watercolour and pen on Fabriano watercolour block, HP, 23×30,5cm

..three eggs 2..

in watercolour and pen onArches watercolour block,CP, 18x26cm

..three eggs 3..

in watercolour and pen on Fabriano watercolour block, HP, 23×30,5cm

If all else fails, try vegetables

I’ve seen a few people on EDM struggling with being in a slump. I guess it is my turn. I can’t seem to get a hold on inspiration.
There is a whole wide world out there to paint, to draw and I can’t find anything. I have the pencil and brush in my hand, like a knife and fork, waiting for the perfect meal to come from the kitchen. Unfortunately I am the “cook” in the kitchen….so I literally took my pencil and brush to the kitchen and tried to cook up something…I painted the first things my eyes fell on. Just earlier today I bought fresh produce which were on the table and so here are my carrots and aubergines…interestingly, the striped one is called a Graffiti. I struggled through 6 sketches, going from bad to worse. So I threw away the rest and kept the first attempts.
Both these sketches were done in WC on Fabriano HP.



alteredtome said…
I just love your painterly style! So direct and fresh.
June 27, 2007 5:39 PM  
Betty said…
aahhhhhhh! I am very envious of your slump :-) This is so lovely, as always.
June 27, 2007 5:46 PM  
hfm said…
And they are so fresh and natural!
June 27, 2007 6:36 PM  
martín said…
Wow! These are so well done. The combination of colours and the touches with the brush on the paper. Two masterpieces!
June 27, 2007 6:41 PM  
mARTa said…
Ronell my favorite is the second one. Upon close inspection (hehehe)I have found numerous ‘jewels’ in this lively watercolor. I have several ‘favorite’ areas…the white veggie has lovely colour in it and a great blend of hard and soft edges. The contrast between the deep purple and blue is electrifying and the splashes of colour in the shadow areas keep the watercolor from vibrating too much. This is by far a most successful painting and the slump is offically over. have a great kitchen and painting day!!!
June 27, 2007 6:41 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
These are just beautiful!
June 27, 2007 7:03 PM  
juj said…
I never get tired of your style Ronell. LOVE those carrots.
June 27, 2007 7:29 PM  
Robyn said…
What Marta said followed by what Casey said. And I bet you cooked them as beautifully as you painted them!
June 27, 2007 7:48 PM  
Lin said…
June 27, 2007 8:22 PM  
brian nelson said…
Very nice, indeed!
June 27, 2007 10:40 PM  
Dave said…
Wonderful; I love to see watercolours that look like watercolours! They are both lovely, the carrots are very striking, and the second one has some great touches, like the purple reflection in the blue one.
June 27, 2007 11:45 PM  
mARTa said…
Now my critic of the carrots. I do think this one was successful as well but i have one area that bothers me. The dark shadow under the leaves just stares at me. I think I am entranced by the subtle colour in the other shadow areas but don’t see any here. The variation of the red/orange color of the carrots has my eyes traveling and so it carries me throughout the sketch. Both of these are successful also in that you’ve allowed the colors to mix themselves on the paper and for me that is always so hard to do!
June 28, 2007 12:57 AM  
Teri C said…
These look good enough to eat. Except they are too beautifully colored-so fresh and bright.
June 28, 2007 1:41 AM  
Deborah said…
Ohhhh, these make me want to eat some veggies. Beautiful!
June 28, 2007 2:19 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for all the comments..I appreciate them.
Yes Marta, you’re spot on with the carrots. My shading is not at all successfull…under the leaves it looks like something standing on it’s own and it really does hurt the eye. I also threw in unnecessary shadings under the tips of the carrots, which does the same thing…and that v-shaped shadow which is supposed to follow the little tie around the carrots.. This is of course due to my uncontrollable habit of not leaving things alone! I had finished and then I thought I could maybe have them look a bit better and so the fiddling started! Thank you for noticing it and saying it…I really appreciate it….without positive critique I can’t grow!!
June 28, 2007 8:26 AM  
biteyourowntail said…
Lush aubergines Ronell – I’m in love with those colours.I actually like to draw and paint veg – they’re such satisfying shapes – not to mention colours.
June 28, 2007 10:46 AM  
Carole said…
Well done for clambering out of your slump and painting. I love both of these.Rather than throw away the ones you are less happy with, you could cut out the bits that do work (there are usually bits that do) and collage them, just for fun.
June 28, 2007 11:38 AM  
Regula Scheifele said…
Slump? – if you say so… though the paintings surely don’t show it.
I love the second one, the colour of the aubergines is perfect (I’ve tried painting aubergines as well, didn’t really get the colour the way I wanted it….).
June 28, 2007 12:02 PM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Ronell I couldn’t agre more. These are brilliant brilliant brilliant.
June 28, 2007 1:57 PM  
Lindsay said…
Ronell, I’ve been there! Slumps can feel really aweful. The last time I was in one, I took myself on a date to and did some really relaxing and beautiful things. Sometimes, all you need are a few naps and a couple of low pressure outings for just yourself.
The carots are lovely!Take good care!
June 28, 2007 3:20 PM  
Cathy (Kate) Johnson said…
Gorgeous, Ronell! I love the fresh, splashy look…
June 28, 2007 3:54 PM  
Irene said…
Very nice. Fresh and watery (is that a word?)
June 28, 2007 4:18 PM  
Sandy said…
Oh My God, there is nothing left to say – I love every bit of them!!! I may hate you ;-)
June 28, 2007 4:50 PM  
Sandy said…
I like both of the pictures. So glad you updated. I come here almost every day just waiting, LOL..silently waiting…these are gorgeous Ronell.sandy
June 28, 2007 9:27 PM  
Emma Pod said…
Hi Ronell, these are beautiful vegetables! Great colors. I also like your frog from an earlier post!
June 28, 2007 9:49 PM  
Linda said…
bsolutely gorgeous! The carrots, especially, are just so ALIVE.
June 29, 2007 1:30 AM  
good with color said…
“sigh”Your paintings are so beautiful, it makes me feel happy and relaxed to look at them. especially those eggplants. I bought some today, to make ratatouille (sp?) but yours are so much nicer! Bunnies everywhere are longing for your carrots, I’ll bet.
June 29, 2007 6:57 AM  
laserone said…
Hey, that’s really good work for somebody who is uninspired! I especially love the aubergines, I just love blues and purples. :)
June 29, 2007 7:07 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thanks for the comments, they are all so inspiring.
I alos found Diahn’s article on Wet canvas, very inspiring – makes me want to just get back into doing “small things”, but things that give pleasure. See Diahn at http://artbydiahn.blogspot.com/
Thanks again to everybody.
June 29, 2007 9:14 AM  
platitudinal said…
Ronell, I love how you described holding the pencil and the brush in your hands like eating utensils, and you were waiting for the “perfect meal.”The vegetables looked so beautiful. I love the carrots (even though I don’t really like eating carrots). The orange and the yellow compliment each other so nicely, they’re such a delight to the eyes.
June 29, 2007 11:55 AM  
Claudia said…
W o n d e r f u l colours, Ronell! Keep up the good work! I always love to see more of it!
…And thank you for your nice words “whatever you chose to do, do it to the fullest!”
Kind regards from
June 29, 2007 8:09 PM  
Tonniece said…
I enjoy your art so much Ronell, whether in a slump or in perfect form, you always get it right.
June 29, 2007 8:26 PM  
Laureline said…
Wow!!!!!!!!Just amazingly gorgeous, Ronell!!! They’re so loose and colorful and watery—PERFECT!!
June 29, 2007 8:45 PM  
Anita said…
Ronell you turn everything into an uplifting rainbow, these are beautiful!!!
July 1, 2007 2:15 AM  
Sandy said…
just waving hello…looking for updates..no pressure…but looking for updates..LOL…gosh everytime I come here I get inspired…I love your stuff. By the way you have great links too…
July 1, 2007 6:26 PM  
Pequete said…
Well, if this is a slump… I just wish I had some of these myself! Both sketches are lovely, but I especially like the carrots one, so painterly and light.
July 2, 2007 11:32 AM  
wagonized said…
What a great approach. When i hit a drawing funk, even my favorite subjects are uninviting — that’s probably because i am less willing to “surprise” myself. These are gorgeous — just what you managed to do by pushing yourself into the kitchen is amazing. And i love the fact you chose to juxtapose the orange of the carrots with the purple underneath. Excellent.
July 5, 2007 8:23 PM  
phthaloblu said…
These are great sketches. Sorry to hear about your slump. Just keep ‘doing’ and hopefully you won’t be slumping for long. Your work is beautiful and so loose and I love looking at it. Good thought for you!
July 7, 2007 9:36 PM  
Bill said…
hy an I always hungry after visiting your blog?Beautiful!
July 15, 2007 9:14 PM  
CrumpledPaperbirds said…
These are gorgeous!!!
Lovely colors, and love the two pics next to each other…food for eyes.
July 16, 2007 1:50 PM  


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