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La Dordogne and a walnut grove: catching autumn colours 4.

The Dordogne is such a beautiful river and with the walnut groves just beside it makes for magnificent scenery, especially in October with its multitude of colour.

I am still doing landscapes “the new way”;, although I am beginning to think it isn’t the real me. My sketches are much more loose and more spontaneous, albeit not always pretty and correct. But it is me. The landscape sketches I am doing lately feels more like small paintings done in sketchbooks. They are much more detailed and take much longer than my usual way of sketching. I am still enjoying it though. Maybe I will find that golden median between sketching like this and my usual style..

..la Dordogne in October

watercolour and pencil in A4 sketchbook

la dordogne0001..walnut grove..

watercolour and pencil in A4 sketchbook

Walnut grove..à la prochaine..


Landscape sketches, catching autum colours 2.

I am working hard on landscapes in watercolour. And October is just getting more and more beautiful by the day. I am almost hyperventilating, fearing that I won’t be able to gt enough sketches and paintings done before autumn moves into winter.

Les vaches

watercolor and pencil in watercolour sketchbook21X29.7cm

les cacheswood ferns

watercolor and pencil in watercolour sketchbook21X29.7cm

autumn wood fernsUntil next time


Landscape sketches..catching October colour.

I am in the mood to do landscape paintings in watercolour, which is a challenge for me, because I paint corners of landscapes, not full, wide scapes. so I set off this week with a collection of sketchbooks in different sizes and pages and a whole arm full of mediums and I  went sketching. I just sketched. Again and again. Some little sketches are awful, others not too bad. I do find it difficult, so I still have a lot of sketching landscapes to do. So. Voiilà. A few of my landscape sketches. In a next post I will show some more and embroider with more détail on my experiences.

les fardines

landscape study 1

I did this sketch at the bottom, after I decided that I didn’t like the one I did above. Then I liked this one even less. but by this time I was fairly tired, so I think the mood and energy to do a decent little sketch, left me.

landscape study 2

At home, I just scribbled a few things around me, while we were at the barbecue. they wer done in graphite and a little charcoal here abd tghere.

Graphite, charcoal sketches 2 Graphite, charcoal sketches à bientôt


Sketches from Beaulieu and Les Jardins Marquessac.

My artist friend Sarah visited and we visited les jardins Marquessac.I am totally inspired to finish my garden here at Coin Perdu, not to mention painting! I worked in different sketchbooks and I am considering going back to Moleskine, all three sizes.

..a sketch done in Beaulieu while waiting for my physiotherapy appointment..

pencil, pilot prera pen and aquarelle in LANA watercolour sketchbook, 14x22cm(this is a lovely sketchbook with 300g paper, 25 pages and a great size, with the only drawback being the spiral back.)

Beaulieu house0001..a sketch of a street in Beaulieu..

watercolour in Daler & Rowney Ebony sketchbook, 14.9X21 cm(this paper still buckles a lot with washes, but it is not too disturbing. I like the hardback so it makes working across 2 pages quite easy.)

Beaulieu0001..the marketplace in St Céré..

watercolour and prera pen in Daler & Rowney graduate sketchbook,22X14.9cm(this is suitable only for drawing…a nightmare for washes..but it was all I had in my bag.)

St Cere..Jardins Marquessac..

watercolour and prera pen in Daler & Rowney Ebony sketchbook, 14.9X21 cm

jardin Marqueyssac sketchà bientôt


Every day in May – (1)a favorite food and (2)a tree.

“A favorite food,” says the list of the art group EDM for this month of May.. Only one favorite food? That is a huge punishment! I can draw a favorite food for a whole month and even beyond. How then to choose between all my wonderful favorite fruits, the colourful vegetables, the meat…(yes, you Greenies, I love my meat!) And then there are fish and shellfish and how about a slice of cake? Or a cookie. And dessert. I never skip dessert. I won’t even mention chocolate and that first cup of coffee in the morning. Only one favorite food?

However, I can sometimes play by the rules and this time seems appropriate enough to do so. So one favorite food it is. I confess my weakness for macarons. Those beautiful, sensual, romantic and utterly delicious delicacies our patisserie in Beaulieu so shamelessly flaunts in the display window.  By just looking in my eyes, they know I am there for a box of macarons. Yellows and purples and pinks and reds which vary between red fruits and blueberry and strawberry and lemon and vanilla, chocolate, coffee, caramel and my big favorite, that green one, the pistache. I love them all. I leave the patisserie on an euphoric cloud and with my precious macarons gently tucked next to each other in a quaint box and artfully tied with a pink ribbon.  All that is left now, is to nail this sketch, so I can retire with my box of macarons to my favorite chair in my favorite corner…..sigh. I rest my case.


watercolor and dip pen with Sennelier indigo ink in S&B alpha sketchbook, 22.9×15.2cm



I can totally understand why there are nutcases walking around hugging each tree they come across. sometimes I am one of them. Cause a tree is not just a tree. It is a friend, it stirs our emotion, it  is a refuge, that safe place under/or in its branches where we hide from all that scorches us..the sun, the world. The olive tree is all of that for me. I do hug my olive trees and talk to them, touch them, stroke them, care for them, love them. They make me think of sunshine and heat. They makes me hear the cigales. They bring me the scent of lavender and wild herbs in the fields and I see colourful vegetables drizzled with the golden oil from its olives, glistening with crystals of fleur de sel. That is my olive tree.

..olive tree..

watercolor and Prera pilot fountain pen in S&B epsilon sketchbook, 14×21.6 cm


à demain


Koi fish in watercolor

I have been doing quite a few koi watercolors. Some different styles and techniques and sizes.

Some are more loose than others, which is my usual style of painting. I also tried some watercolour techniques, like using masking fluid, different brush sizes but finally decided it is not my way of painting….I prefer only the brush, water and color. I also tried a more true “watercolour painting” style and not my usual washes or loose line work. Once again, I came to the conclusion that it’s just not me. It just goes to show…one can’t really lie in making art. You can perhaps get away with it for a while, but in the long run, the true you needs to surface. It is quite  freeing  to have finally  come to this conclusion: I don’t want to do true watercolor paintings. I just love line and wash.

..koi 1..

watercolor and dip pen and indigo blue HErbin ink, 24X32cm

Ronelle van wyk- Koi fish in watercolor-005


..Koi 2..

in watercolor and lamy safari pen, 24X32cm

Ronelle van wyk- Koi fish in watercolor

..koi 3..

watercolor and dip pen and indigo blue HErbin ink, 24X32cm

Ronelle van wyk- Koi fish in watercolor-007

..Koi 4..

watercolor and lamy safari pen in Stillman and Birn sketchbook, 14X21.6cm

Ronelle van wyk- Koi fish in watercolor-002

..Koi 5..

watercolor and lamy safari pen in Stillman and Birn sketchbook, 14X21.6cm

Ronelle van wyk- Koi fish in watercolor-003

..Koi 6..

watercolor and dip pen and HErbin ink(Café et Gris nuage), 24X32cm

Ronelle van wyk- Koi fish in watercolor-004

..Koi 7..

watercolor and lamy safari pen, 24X32cm

Ronelle van wyk- Koi fish in watercolor-006

..Koi 8..

watercolor and lamy safari pen in Daler Rowney sketchbook, 21X29.7cm

Ronelle van wyk- Koi fish in watercolor-001

à bientôt,


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


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