Being back in France for 3 days after a holiday of almost 3 weeks, leaves me a bit off balance. I’m in slow motion and struggle to pick up the pace. I think my spirit is still lingering in the sun somewhere in the Cape, South Africa. I feel inspired, but at the same time, sad. Having had the most glorious time with friends and family, being spoilt rotten…it is hard to be back and just pick up where we left off 3 weeks ago.
I did do a lot of sketching, took close to a 2000 photographs, soaked up the sun in the vineyards by picking grapes(and sketching and eating and taking pictures, all at the same time) and had close conversation with some elephants (all in good spirit…!), heard a lot of good life stories filled with great humor, ate a lot, drank a lot(I was in the wine lands after all…), laughed a lot, in fact indulged way too much in everything of all sorts, which is a good thing every now and then, no?I’ll post some sketches in batches, starting off with CdG- airport, where we had to change planes because of a technical problem and could therefore only depart 3 hours later. So, here are some sketches of people wandering around…waiting, watching the clock, reading, chatting on their mobile phones, some extremely bored, others not showing any emotion….strangely enough, I couldn’t find anyone sleeping…maybe in fear of being left behind?

I’m still not comfortable sketching people in public….I still have a lot of practicing to do, before I’ll feel competent and at ease doing people in public, but I do enjoy it once it is done, until the next time! These were all done in the small moleskine, which I sometimes find a bit restricting.

So, here they are – all those waiting people at the airport…….








E-J said…
Hello – there are some lovely sketches on your blog! I wish I had such lightness of touch when sketching with watercolour. Bookmarking you. 🙂
March 9, 2007 7:00 PM  
Deborah said…
These sketches of the people are wonderful. The gestures are great. Can’t wait to see more from your trip.
March 10, 2007 1:42 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
Hi Ronell – great sketches! I’m thrilled to see you getting addicted to drawing people in public too, shall we go on some sketchcrawls? The nice weather is coming too…..
March 10, 2007 10:16 AM  
phthaloblu said…
These are wonderful sketches, and the washes look great. I’m curious, did you do the washes while you were sketching, or after you were home? Well done!
March 10, 2007 6:31 PM  
gabi campanario said…
hi ronell,
these are great, the person talking on the phone is my favorite. looking forward to seeing more!
March 11, 2007 5:57 AM  
Africantapestry said…
HiThank you for your kind comments on my blog.To answer your question, phtalobu, ….It depends. The drawings at the airport didn’t have any specific light or color that I wanted to capture, it was more just gestural, so I just washed them later, no specific order. I actually considered leaving them as pen sketches, but then started putting a wash in on one and liked it…I enjoy color, what can I say! With some sketches, I’d like to capture shadows or light, and then I would do it there on the spot. I carry a small watercolor and 2 waterbrushes with me. And then sometimes I would do a sketch, and would just make notes on the colors or shadows or light and do the washes later, but not too long afterwards, or else I forget!! (Or even become too lazy…hehe!

March 11, 2007 7:14 PM  
Jana Bouc said…
Wonderful sketches. I love the painting on the upper right of your site. Is that a self portrait? It’s so expressive and charming.
March 12, 2007 3:56 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you Jana…yes, it is kind of a self portrait – oil on canvas..
March 13, 2007 8:31 AM  
Renate said…
Lovely sketches. I can’t see that you did not feel comfortable doing them.
March 13, 2007 11:39 PM  
martha said…
These are wonderful! Airports are indeed great for people sketching.
March 14, 2007 3:28 AM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Great studies.

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