Freedom in a coin

 A handful of old coins, dating from the 1930’s and on.
Although not much worth today, they are rich in history and we can only guess their stories.
I thought it good to buy back my spontaneity with these coins. Lately I could feel myself working very tight, very meticulous and aiming to “do it right”. So when I threw these coins on the table, I bought back my freedom. There are many irregularites in this painting..a too dark inside of the silver canister, funky pieces, the colors are wild and it may look more like candy than money, but take my word for it…coins they are. Rusted within a broad spectrum of colors, I could do nothing less than paint a caleidoscope, for therein lies my freedom.

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25 comments:

Dave said…
That is beautiful! I’d never have thought it was possible to make such a lovely, colourful painting of a handful of coins. Wonderful!
May 31, 2007 10:45 PM  
Sarah said…
If you had not told me the inside of the tin was too dark I would never have known – in fact I think it balances the kaleidoscope of colurs very well indeed – and it’s good to see something inanimate brought alive by colour like this
May 31, 2007 11:29 PM  
Lin said…
GORGEOUS, RONELL!! I LOVE THE PAINTERLY, WASH LOOK TO THIS — COLORS, STYLE — CHARMING!!!
May 31, 2007 11:43 PM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Everytime I visit I’m aways in awe at the amount of work you’ve produced. And it’s always such great quality. This is GORGEOUS. I’m blown away by your use of colour – especially in this one. Oooh I’m jealous too!
June 1, 2007 1:33 AM  
Linda said…
I just love your use of color — how fantastic this painting is! It just jumps at you!
June 1, 2007 2:47 AM  
Arty Velarde said…
I like the juicy, wet watercolor look you have. I like what you wrote about the coins too.
Nice work.
June 1, 2007 3:14 AM  
Teri C said…
Such a wonderful compostion and use of color. Just perfect!
June 1, 2007 4:07 AM  
Bill said…
Beautifully warm and sensuous. It is interesting to think about where those coins have been isn’t it.
June 1, 2007 4:26 AM  
Desiree said…
Great job on the coins, I love the colors. I have a bag of coins from China that my mom brought home when she traveled there when I was a kid. I might need to dig those up!
June 1, 2007 7:20 AM  
Sandy said…
I really really like the loose style on this and the colors. This was a success in my opinion!!
sandy
June 1, 2007 7:58 AM  
Carole said…
Well done on reclaiming your freedom! I love this colourful spontaneous painting.
June 1, 2007 10:49 AM  
Claudia said…
…I like it very much! Very good work!- I have the same problem with being too meticulous sometimes. But it is only sometimes, not always, when I paint. Don’t know the reason why, but I’m investigating…:-))
June 1, 2007 1:09 PM  
Sandy said…
Oh Ronell these sign with life and vitality – I love the free you!!
June 1, 2007 9:52 PM  
Anita said…
WOW! A rainbow in a bottle.
Funnily enough I always think of you as a rainbow of colour so this sketch explains you perfectly to me!
June 2, 2007 1:41 AM  
SCquiltaddict said…
eautiful job…but what else would you do?
June 2, 2007 2:42 AM  
mARTa said…
I can smell the musty,rusty coins! Beautiful hues..
June 2, 2007 6:15 AM  
Serena said…
Congratulations on winning back your freedom….a beautiful and colourful sketch, Ronell! I love it!!
June 2, 2007 12:19 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
Hi Ronell – we’re back – I’ll call you soon! You’ve been dong some lovely work while I was away. Has Sandra seen her portrait? I’ve missed our art days – we’ll have to do it this week.
June 2, 2007 4:48 PM  
Lynn said…
Wow, who knew coins could be so colorful. I really love this painting, you have achieved a beautiful loosness and spontaneity.
June 2, 2007 9:34 PM  
Pequete said…
They undoubtedly look like coins, only so much beautiful than ordinary coins! I love it.
June 4, 2007 3:39 PM  
Brenda Y said…
Gorgeous pigments laid down wonderfully loose! I really love the way you just let the paint flow on this, who knew coins could be painted in such as interesting way.
June 5, 2007 5:18 PM  
Laureline said…
Oh, I know those periods of tightening up! You’ve found the perfect antidote! Lovely, Ronellesque coins.
I need to make a plan for a rendez-vous with you and Casey in September!
June 6, 2007 6:23 PM  
phthaloblu said…
I love your use of color. It’s one way to take a usually mundane subject and spice it up. This is beautiful!
June 6, 2007 11:16 PM  
Alison said…
This is beautifully luscious – what a delight.
June 7, 2007 3:20 AM  
platitudinal said…
Ronell, I also like the random placement of the coins. They look beautiful in the colors they’ve evolved to. I’m glad that you’re able to retrieve your freedom.

Two cars

Two cars…Only for the show.
They serve their purpose well in adding a quirky touch to a corner in the house somewhere…on a pile of antique books, under a cloche, on a dinner table, on a stack of DVD’s..I bought the chevy( right?)when we lived in South Carolina, at a stop next to the highway.
The “coccinelle” is a lovely reminder of my own I once dashed around in.
Watercolor and ink on Arches HP paper

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Sandy said…

I adore these cars and the amusing still lifes you created, Bravo
May 30, 2007 6:17 PM  
Carole said…
These are both great paintings. I love the quirky things you find to paint, and the colours you choose to use. The little green car is really cute – I’d love one of those!
May 30, 2007 7:18 PM  
brian nelson said…
Great job on the cars! Great paintings.
May 30, 2007 8:26 PM  
Lin said…
FANTASTIC WORK!!! Love the wee things!
May 30, 2007 8:57 PM  
Dave said…
Lovely work! And such interesting subjects.
May 30, 2007 10:14 PM  
platitudinal said…
And the doors open too. Wow!
Great illustrations on the theme, Ronell! And, another glimpse to your life or in this case, your house 🙂
May 31, 2007 12:06 AM  
Lynn said…
I love both these compositions. They are exquisite!
May 31, 2007 12:07 AM  
Lindsay said…
Very cute cars. Love the shading on them.
May 31, 2007 7:56 AM  
Robyn said…
Lovely whimsical still lifes, Ronell. There seem to be quite a few women painting cars lately. It must be evolution 🙂
May 31, 2007 10:20 AM  
Tonniece said…
So detailed, I love the the colors, the moveing parts, and the fact that you actually own miniature cars, how cool.
May 31, 2007 1:31 PM  
juj said…
I’ve never noticed how little pen you use to make your wonderful sketches until I looked at the VW Bug large, and I don’t know why it facinates me so much but it’s amazing and makes me love your paintings even more. Great work on both these sketches. LOVE the colors – especially those spots on the cds.
May 31, 2007 2:28 PM  
suzanne said…
Such a smart way to illustrate cars! I love the fact that you like to have quirky touches around your house. Me too!
May 31, 2007 3:22 PM  
Teri C said…
Great cars!!! That top one is a ’56 Chevy I think. They both are so neat and what a great subject!
June 1, 2007 4:05 AM  
Viv King said…
Hi Ronell – your site is SO COOL- it is so accessible and you can see changes all the time – you must be one hard-working chick!! Thanks for the comment on my “portrait” – it is nice to get some recognition at last after so many years of trying – did you ever have anything to do with the SASA while you were in Stellies – I find them to be quite a “cliquey” bunch!! Keep in touch, hey ou skat!