Inspirations in color

I am in search of Inspiration. I find it in people. That does it for me. Creative people, people with strong character, the survivors, the gentle, caring ones, the courageous, daring ones…I have them all in my small circle of friends.
Voici two of them. Two wonderful inspirations. Very far away, so I had to rely on photo’s. I don’t mind that much.
I chose to do the following sketch, because I love the way this friend interacts. She is a beautiful woman, an extraordinary talented florist; you can give her a dry stick and she’ll turn it into a magical creation. And she can’t talk without her hands. I love that. When I dropped by her floral shop, she was busy with a romantic bouquet for Valentine’s day and we stood for about 30 minutes chatting, while she held this wonderful creation in the one hand and expressed herself with the other. She wears this delightful “apron” when she works, to protect her clothes. Being around her, is feeling the creative juices flow…it is inspiring.

This was supposed to be only watercolor on HP Arches paper. Then I had to “fix” it by adding pen! It seems I have to fix everything lately.

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This friend is a lovely romantic, in heart and soul and in appearance. She carries a bit of yesteryear with her. With her angelic hair and fair skin and soft features, she posed many problems to paint. This is my fourth go at her and it still not what I’m after and this time pen wont’ fix it. I want nothing less than a soft, flowy watercolor painting. I’ll probably try again and again…Maybe its because I know that she isn’t ALL romantic – she can swim faster than anyone I know, she can climb a rock as fast as the young guys, she can paddle a kayak through some scary rapids and she’s not afraid of any marathon! She exudes a wonderful zest for life, nothing is too hard or too boring for her, she does everything that comes her way…it’s contagious. This is watercolor on Fabriano CP (extra white)

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27 comments:

Stacy said…
Ronell, your friends sound lovely and look lovely too! I love how their personalities influenced you as much as their appearance did.
May 23, 2007 6:08 PM  
Lin said…
STUNNINGLY GLORIOUS!!!
May 23, 2007 7:06 PM  
Bonny said…
You have a wonderful talent, Ronell. Not only do you connect in a special way with people, but you portray them beautifully, too. Love the painting of your florist friend. She almost looks fey like a fairy princess. Gorgeous!
May 23, 2007 7:45 PM  
Teri C said…
Beautiful paintings Ronell!! I love your commentary with all your art-they were made for each other.
May 23, 2007 8:17 PM  
Dave said…
Well, you certainly fixed it well! Wonderful portraits, and what wonderful friends it sounds like you have.
May 23, 2007 8:39 PM  
Anita said…
Oh Ronell I LOVE everything about this entry.
May 23, 2007 9:07 PM  
Claudia said…
Ronell, w o n d e r f u l watercolours, especially the first one! It has something magic!
May 23, 2007 10:45 PM  
Lindsay said…
What a sweet and beautiful post. A nice tribute to your friends too.
May 23, 2007 11:56 PM  
martín said…
Beautiful portraits Ronell. The first one really talks. Your friend does it with her hands and you through your paintings.
May 24, 2007 12:31 AM  
SCquiltaddict said…
fun wc…great stuff…gotta get my paint brushes back out! keep it up
May 24, 2007 2:04 AM  
Jana Bouc said…
What a fabulous portrait–both in words and paint. I love the second one–it’s so loose and fresh and has a sweetness about it.
May 24, 2007 6:15 AM  
Tonniece said…
Love this post Ronell
I’ts so great to have friends, good friends, and being able to capture their essence as you have here is a wonderful gift to them and all of us as well.
May 24, 2007 6:51 AM  
Carole said…
I really love how you have composed and painted these to capture their character as well as their features. They are beautiful paintings and charming descriptions of your friends.
May 24, 2007 9:18 AM  
suzanne said…
Wow Ronell….these are both breathtaking. Not only in the sense that they are technically outstanding, but also in the fact that you have captured the personalities of your inspirations so well. Not knowing them, I think I could have pretty much described their personalities in exactly the way you did, only by looking at your paintings.Your inspirations are inspirations to me.
May 24, 2007 4:39 PM  
Arty Velarde said…
This is nice. I like the watery, “juiciness”!
May 24, 2007 6:47 PM  
janey said…
These are very soft and pretty and I like the descriptions that go with them. It makes the paintings come alive even more.
May 25, 2007 1:33 AM  
juj said…
Oh Ronell – These are lovely! I especially like the second one, so soft and loose – I love the expression on her face. And the deep red of the necklace is such a nice accent to the whole and balances her glasses perfectly. Your friends both sound wonderful. You must feel very fortunate to have them in your life.
May 25, 2007 3:45 PM  
Nancy Van Blaricom said…
I simply love the stories that go along with your watercolors. The watercolors could stand alone with not comments, but you bring such life to them all….
May 26, 2007 3:37 PM  
Robyn said…
Both friends are lovely – I love the mood as well in the first watercolour and the second is beautiful in the lightness of your touch.
May 26, 2007 7:07 PM  
ksklein said…
I love the top pic. Very romantic. It reminds me of weddings, brides, valentines,…
I would have loved to nsee a little more of her face though.
May 27, 2007 8:58 PM  
Emma Pod said…
These are both wonderful paintings of your friends. In the top one I can almost hear her talking…the hand gesture is so nice! Nice work!
May 29, 2007 5:35 AM  
Regula Scheifele said…
Both your paintings and your descriptions are loving and beautiful – what a gift you have and how nice for your friends to have you paint them!
May 29, 2007 2:09 PM  
Sandy said…
Ronell, these are beautiful and I loved reading how they inspire you..sandy
May 30, 2007 9:48 PM  
platitudinal said…
Beautiful paintings of those you hold dear in your heart. 🙂
May 31, 2007 12:04 AM  
Serena said…
Beautiful work, Ronell, and a very nice tribute to your friends. 🙂
May 31, 2007 12:30 PM  
phthaloblu said…
These are both beautiful paintings, but I know how you feel when you’re trying for a certain result and you can’t get it. But, these are very beautiful. I think lots of us look to the people we know when we need inspiration. That’s how we re-energize. When we are feeling down, we gravitate toward someone who is immensely positive so we can feed off of that positiveness. Does that make sense? Anyway, it sounds like you have some wonderful friends to look to for your inspiration. Full of life and creativity.
June 1, 2007 5:27 PM  
austin of sundrip said…
I’ve scrolled through your page here but I keep coming back to the girl with flowers, it catches my eye and won’t let it go. Awesome work, awesome.Austin of Sundrip

A necklace and a statue

A painting of a piece of jewelry as suggested by MArta.

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Done in watercolor on white Fabriano CP.
30.5 cm x 45.5 cm

 

20 comments:

Deborah said…
I love the contrast between these two subjects and your background is fabulous! Great work.
May 21, 2007 5:46 PM  
Bonny said…
This statue is pretty cool! Great colours! I like his expression, too.
The necklace is really fabulous!
May 21, 2007 7:43 PM  
Robyn said…
All of the above and that stone background is really so simple but so effective. Can you tell more about the necklace – it looks ceramic.
May 21, 2007 8:18 PM  
🙂 Silvia said…
Ceramic? Oops… to me it appears to be a golden bracelet.
It’s a fantastic contrast however, as well in color as in material/surface (stone, metal, terracotta).
What color was the CP you painted on?
May 21, 2007 8:59 PM  
Lin said…
SUPER JOB, Ronell!!! GREAT looking necklace too!
May 22, 2007 12:35 AM  
Lindsay said…
I love the colors and the textures.
May 22, 2007 4:38 AM  
mARTa said…
oh gosh, I better get going on my painting! I love the wild feel of yours! Hope to have mine done by the weekend!
May 22, 2007 5:19 AM  
Brenda Y said…
Fantastic textural contrasts!!! How in the world did you capture the differences in the different materials? It’s really amazing – my guess is the necklace is a metal, the statue is clay and the background is stone. Am I close?
May 22, 2007 5:57 AM  
clare said…
this is great ronell. your ‘odd’paintings are ver good, I like the way you do watercolours.
May 22, 2007 7:51 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thanks for noticing the contrasts..it is what I was after…the necklace is ceramics and brass, the statue is of clay and I set up the still life against some rocks in the back of of our caves.
Ronell
May 22, 2007 8:07 AM  
Tonniece said…
Good morning Ronell
As always a great piece. What a cute statue, and lovely necklace.
May 22, 2007 12:56 PM  
platitudinal said…
Clay, ceramic, brass, and stone. Ronell, you painted four different materials, each with its own characteristics and textures. This shows remarkable skill. Bravo! 🙂
May 22, 2007 1:40 PM  
Teri C said…
What a fascinating layout for these articles. Your caves??? Love all the different textures and colors.
May 22, 2007 7:23 PM  
Carole said…
He’s an interesting little chap. I like the colours and textures. Have you used some sort of resist e.g. wax on the left? But then that would be giving away your secrets!
May 22, 2007 10:41 PM  
Africantapestry said…
I haven’t given enough comment on this post..sorry for that!My mind is a bit fractered lately…
Yes, Carole, I first layed one wash, let it dry and then rubbed a candle all over(should’ve done a better job, I went TOO random, so the texture on the stone doesn’t actually make sense) and then I added a darker wash.
ronell
May 22, 2007 10:50 PM  
Ben said…
ah said the blind man..now i see…glad you elucidated!!! verrryyy interesting
May 23, 2007 2:39 AM  
bec said…
what do you mean by caves? real caves, like big holes in rock? must be an interesting place you live! and thanks for filling me in on the wax resist…. very interesting!
May 23, 2007 3:46 AM  
phthaloblu said…
Nice contrast between the two subjects. Great job!
May 29, 2007 4:22 PM  
laserone said…
Oh I just LOVE this! It’s very funky and unique… I love funky and unique. 🙂
May 30, 2007 6:04 AM  
Serena said…
I love the contrasts on this one, Ronell! Very nice indeed ~