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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


Autumn acorns and walnuts…in aquarelle

Autumn is the time I take long walks in the forest/woods and gather mushrooms, and chestnuts, walnut, leaves and everything else that take my fancy. Back in the atelier it gets spread out on every available surface, pinned up on a board, hung on a chandelier, stuck in a vase….and painted or sketched or drawn. However much I love being outside, being in front of the drawing table in the atelier, gives me just as much pleasure.

..walnuts in aquarelle..

watercolour in Daler & Rowney artiusts sketchbook, 21×29,7cm

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.walnuts in aquarelle..

watercolour in Daler & Rowney artiusts sketchbook, 21×29,7cm

walnuts & acorns 3 ..working in the “barn atelier” in autumn and winter”..

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à bientôt!

Ronelle


Autumn coloured hydrangeas in aquarelle.

I adore the colours of hydrangeas in the fall. They lose that bright summer blues and pinks and become faded. Even the whites turn a faded green. Some dried brown petals turn the blooms into pieces of art in shades of all colours.

I did the the first sketch too stiff and controlled into a round ball, even though I am not too unhappy with the colours.

autumn hydrangea 1

So I decided to do another sketch, this time much looser, maybe not immediately recognizable as an hydrangea, but I have never cared about likeness. Loose, fluid painting with personal interpretation is much more important to me.

autumn hydrangea 2à bientôt

ronelle


chestnuts

Two years ago I sketches some chestnuts in the forest.  Yesterday I did a new sketch. The chestnuts are only starting to open in the forest now, but we have to be fast, before the squirrels and other chestnut lovers get hold of them.

chestnuts 1

watecolor and pen on Arches watercolor paper,  23×30.5cm

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chestnuts 2(done 2 years ago)

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August sketching 18: Birthday sunflowers.

Is there any gift bigger for a birthday than a sunny day in august and a large bunch of bright yellow sunflowers? so was my birthday yesterday.

And as sketches…my sunflowers captured lazily today as I think I had too much birthday yesterday…

birthday sunflowers 1

watercolor and pen in Daler and rowney sketchbook

 

birthday sunflowers 1

birthday sunflowers 2

watercolor and pen in Daler and rowney sketchbook

birthday sunflowers 2

à demain

Ronelle


August sketching 16: Messy experiments in gouache.

I have a tendency to become tight the more I work. It is just one of those inevitable things. So I often have to change mediums and styles and experiment in other ways to loosen up again. I have notice with my sketching that I have become tight again. Normally I would change to oils and go do some plein air which helps, but with the bad weather, I had to divert to other options. As I was watching the horses walking all over our well the other day, I saw a contrast of grey sky and a line of white lace flowers and the green fields and it stirred the desire to put that onto paper by using the opaque gouache, a medium I quite like, exactly for its “experimental” qualities. It opens up possibilities to take it further into oils.

The following gouache experiments were all done in sketchbooks

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After sitting outside, I moved in, bringing in some of the woildflowers now in seaspon and trying to create the broad bands of colour..the greens, the blues and of course the shapes, not worrying too much about authenticity. It was all just about colour and application with a loose wrist and finally some line squiggles, which I always love. For the dark lines I initially used inks, but it didn’t work too well on top of the gouche, so I used a dark mixture(which I alwyas use in oils for black) of Burnt unber, alizarin crimson and french ultramarine which always gives a rich dark black.

gouche 1 gouche 2 gouche 3 gouche 4

 

with this experiment, I used the gouache much more diluted to get more “wispy” horizons as a back drop for the lace flowers. Well, I don’t know what those funny linework at the bottom is all about, but at the time I felt in the mood for it.gouche 5

This was a lot of fun and really something I will explore deeper, maybe on much lager scale with oils..and added animals…Many options in fact.

à demain

Ronelle


Dipladenia flowers in aquarelle.

We have a humid summer this year…hot and humid which isn’t normal for us. One can clearly see the effect on us humans. Our energy gets sapped by the humidity and many a day I , who adores heat, feel like a limp fish on these mucky days. The Mediterranean plants even more so. These Dipladenias enjoy heat and dry summers , so too they  struggle with the heavy humidity.  With not their usual abundance of flowers, they still bloom and show off beautifully, quite different from me, who struggled to stay focused on my sketching with no blooming and showing off in sight.

…dipladenia…

..watercolour and pen on Arches watercolor block, HP, 18x26cm..

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à bientôt

Ronelle


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