A bowl is a bowl…is a bowl

According to most dictionaries a bowl is a round container, wider than it is deep and holds foods or fluids….That is apart from all the other meanings…shapes, sports, etc. So I took to searching my house for bowls. There are many. But then I also found other “containers” which I find have no boundaries in terms of their function.
I often use this big platter for meat dishes, salads, but I have also used it as a bowl, since it is just deep enough to prevent sauces from dripping over the sides…platter…or bowl?


Next I thought of, was my mother’s silver sugar container, I now use as a spoonholder. Since I grew up never asking :” Please pass the sugarpot/caddy/bowl”, but simply: “Pass the sugar”, I still don’t know what it really is, and should I now maybe ask to be passed the spoonbowl?


The third find in my home was the bird bath. Although it is frequented now by the birds for bathing and our cats for drinking, it did in its newly bought years serve us humans of the house well as a fruit bowl al fresco style.


Birdbath, spoonholder, platter, bowl…it is all in the eye of the beholder.


karen said…
Very nice line and wash, Ronell!
March 19, 2007 10:10 PM  
phthaloblu said…
These are really nice! Great job!
March 19, 2007 10:15 PM  
Teri C said…
Really nice bowls! You did a great on all the bowls.
March 19, 2007 11:04 PM  
Linda said…
Great, great, and great! Wonderful highlights, which makes them just zing! 🙂
March 20, 2007 1:02 AM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
osh these are good but I especially love the top one. It’s funny how you can see the skill involved more clearly in the most simple of images. Gorgeous. What medium did you use?
March 20, 2007 2:30 AM  
SCquiltaddict said…
Very nice work…love the wash
March 20, 2007 3:00 AM  
Christeen said…
These are so beautiful- nice work!
March 20, 2007 5:07 AM  
Sydney Harper said…
Nicely done! They are all lovely but my favorite is the third one.
March 20, 2007 5:32 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for all the wonderful comments..
Andrea, my mediums were pen and just plain old black watercolor.
March 20, 2007 8:33 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
wow, you’ve been busy! I love these ink and wash drawings you’ve been doing – I agree with Andrea – they’re all really good, but the first one is a stunner!
March 20, 2007 8:58 AM  
Emma Pod said…
These are all beautiful! It’s amazing what can be done with variations of just one color.
March 20, 2007 7:43 PM  
Lin said…
GORGEOUS! Those washes are just scrumptiously done!! BRAVA!
March 20, 2007 9:52 PM  
aPugsLife-laserone said…
Beautiful Bowls! There’s just something about the first one, the simple one, that I really like. 🙂
March 20, 2007 10:30 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thanks again for the encouraging comments…they really inspire me to keep working at it!
March 20, 2007 11:08 PM  
Deb Salter said…
Your use of wash is just magical!
March 21, 2007 5:28 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you, Deb…”magical” does make my heart go completely wild!
March 21, 2007 8:36 PM  
“Maggie” said…
I just love this sketch of the spoon bowl-beautiful. I have one too sitting on my table filled with silver spoons we use every day.