If all else fails, try vegetables

I’ve seen a few people on EDM struggling with being in a slump. I guess it is my turn. I can’t seem to get a hold on inspiration.
There is a whole wide world out there to paint, to draw and I can’t find anything. I have the pencil and brush in my hand, like a knife and fork, waiting for the perfect meal to come from the kitchen. Unfortunately I am the “cook” in the kitchen….so I literally took my pencil and brush to the kitchen and tried to cook up something…I painted the first things my eyes fell on. Just earlier today I bought fresh produce which were on the table and so here are my carrots and aubergines…interestingly, the striped one is called a Graffiti. I struggled through 6 sketches, going from bad to worse. So I threw away the rest and kept the first attempts.
Both these sketches were done in WC on Fabriano HP.

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alteredtome said…
I just love your painterly style! So direct and fresh.
June 27, 2007 5:39 PM  
Betty said…
aahhhhhhh! I am very envious of your slump 🙂 This is so lovely, as always.
June 27, 2007 5:46 PM  
hfm said…
And they are so fresh and natural!
June 27, 2007 6:36 PM  
martín said…
Wow! These are so well done. The combination of colours and the touches with the brush on the paper. Two masterpieces!
June 27, 2007 6:41 PM  
mARTa said…
Ronell my favorite is the second one. Upon close inspection (hehehe)I have found numerous ‘jewels’ in this lively watercolor. I have several ‘favorite’ areas…the white veggie has lovely colour in it and a great blend of hard and soft edges. The contrast between the deep purple and blue is electrifying and the splashes of colour in the shadow areas keep the watercolor from vibrating too much. This is by far a most successful painting and the slump is offically over. have a great kitchen and painting day!!!
June 27, 2007 6:41 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
These are just beautiful!
June 27, 2007 7:03 PM  
juj said…
I never get tired of your style Ronell. LOVE those carrots.
June 27, 2007 7:29 PM  
Robyn said…
What Marta said followed by what Casey said. And I bet you cooked them as beautifully as you painted them!
June 27, 2007 7:48 PM  
Lin said…
GORGEOUS!! SO JUICY AND PAINTERLY!!!!
June 27, 2007 8:22 PM  
brian nelson said…
Very nice, indeed!
June 27, 2007 10:40 PM  
Dave said…
Wonderful; I love to see watercolours that look like watercolours! They are both lovely, the carrots are very striking, and the second one has some great touches, like the purple reflection in the blue one.
June 27, 2007 11:45 PM  
mARTa said…
Now my critic of the carrots. I do think this one was successful as well but i have one area that bothers me. The dark shadow under the leaves just stares at me. I think I am entranced by the subtle colour in the other shadow areas but don’t see any here. The variation of the red/orange color of the carrots has my eyes traveling and so it carries me throughout the sketch. Both of these are successful also in that you’ve allowed the colors to mix themselves on the paper and for me that is always so hard to do!
June 28, 2007 12:57 AM  
Teri C said…
These look good enough to eat. Except they are too beautifully colored-so fresh and bright.
June 28, 2007 1:41 AM  
Deborah said…
Ohhhh, these make me want to eat some veggies. Beautiful!
June 28, 2007 2:19 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for all the comments..I appreciate them.
Yes Marta, you’re spot on with the carrots. My shading is not at all successfull…under the leaves it looks like something standing on it’s own and it really does hurt the eye. I also threw in unnecessary shadings under the tips of the carrots, which does the same thing…and that v-shaped shadow which is supposed to follow the little tie around the carrots.. This is of course due to my uncontrollable habit of not leaving things alone! I had finished and then I thought I could maybe have them look a bit better and so the fiddling started! Thank you for noticing it and saying it…I really appreciate it….without positive critique I can’t grow!!
Ronell
June 28, 2007 8:26 AM  
biteyourowntail said…
Lush aubergines Ronell – I’m in love with those colours.I actually like to draw and paint veg – they’re such satisfying shapes – not to mention colours.
June 28, 2007 10:46 AM  
Carole said…
Well done for clambering out of your slump and painting. I love both of these.Rather than throw away the ones you are less happy with, you could cut out the bits that do work (there are usually bits that do) and collage them, just for fun.
June 28, 2007 11:38 AM  
Regula Scheifele said…
Slump? – if you say so… though the paintings surely don’t show it.
I love the second one, the colour of the aubergines is perfect (I’ve tried painting aubergines as well, didn’t really get the colour the way I wanted it….).
Beautiful!
June 28, 2007 12:02 PM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Ronell I couldn’t agre more. These are brilliant brilliant brilliant.
June 28, 2007 1:57 PM  
Lindsay said…
Ronell, I’ve been there! Slumps can feel really aweful. The last time I was in one, I took myself on a date to and did some really relaxing and beautiful things. Sometimes, all you need are a few naps and a couple of low pressure outings for just yourself.
The carots are lovely!Take good care!
June 28, 2007 3:20 PM  
Cathy (Kate) Johnson said…
Gorgeous, Ronell! I love the fresh, splashy look…
June 28, 2007 3:54 PM  
Irene said…
Very nice. Fresh and watery (is that a word?)
June 28, 2007 4:18 PM  
Sandy said…
Oh My God, there is nothing left to say – I love every bit of them!!! I may hate you 😉
June 28, 2007 4:50 PM  
Sandy said…
I like both of the pictures. So glad you updated. I come here almost every day just waiting, LOL..silently waiting…these are gorgeous Ronell.sandy
June 28, 2007 9:27 PM  
Emma Pod said…
Hi Ronell, these are beautiful vegetables! Great colors. I also like your frog from an earlier post!
June 28, 2007 9:49 PM  
Linda said…
bsolutely gorgeous! The carrots, especially, are just so ALIVE.
June 29, 2007 1:30 AM  
good with color said…
“sigh”Your paintings are so beautiful, it makes me feel happy and relaxed to look at them. especially those eggplants. I bought some today, to make ratatouille (sp?) but yours are so much nicer! Bunnies everywhere are longing for your carrots, I’ll bet.
June 29, 2007 6:57 AM  
laserone said…
Hey, that’s really good work for somebody who is uninspired! I especially love the aubergines, I just love blues and purples. 🙂
June 29, 2007 7:07 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thanks for the comments, they are all so inspiring.
I alos found Diahn’s article on Wet canvas, very inspiring – makes me want to just get back into doing “small things”, but things that give pleasure. See Diahn at http://artbydiahn.blogspot.com/
Thanks again to everybody.
June 29, 2007 9:14 AM  
platitudinal said…
Ronell, I love how you described holding the pencil and the brush in your hands like eating utensils, and you were waiting for the “perfect meal.”The vegetables looked so beautiful. I love the carrots (even though I don’t really like eating carrots). The orange and the yellow compliment each other so nicely, they’re such a delight to the eyes.
June 29, 2007 11:55 AM  
Claudia said…
W o n d e r f u l colours, Ronell! Keep up the good work! I always love to see more of it!
…And thank you for your nice words “whatever you chose to do, do it to the fullest!”
Kind regards from
Claudia
June 29, 2007 8:09 PM  
Tonniece said…
I enjoy your art so much Ronell, whether in a slump or in perfect form, you always get it right.
June 29, 2007 8:26 PM  
Laureline said…
Wow!!!!!!!!Just amazingly gorgeous, Ronell!!! They’re so loose and colorful and watery—PERFECT!!
June 29, 2007 8:45 PM  
Anita said…
Ronell you turn everything into an uplifting rainbow, these are beautiful!!!
July 1, 2007 2:15 AM  
Sandy said…
just waving hello…looking for updates..no pressure…but looking for updates..LOL…gosh everytime I come here I get inspired…I love your stuff. By the way you have great links too…
July 1, 2007 6:26 PM  
Pequete said…
Well, if this is a slump… I just wish I had some of these myself! Both sketches are lovely, but I especially like the carrots one, so painterly and light.
July 2, 2007 11:32 AM  
wagonized said…
What a great approach. When i hit a drawing funk, even my favorite subjects are uninviting — that’s probably because i am less willing to “surprise” myself. These are gorgeous — just what you managed to do by pushing yourself into the kitchen is amazing. And i love the fact you chose to juxtapose the orange of the carrots with the purple underneath. Excellent.
July 5, 2007 8:23 PM  
phthaloblu said…
These are great sketches. Sorry to hear about your slump. Just keep ‘doing’ and hopefully you won’t be slumping for long. Your work is beautiful and so loose and I love looking at it. Good thought for you!
July 7, 2007 9:36 PM  
Bill said…
hy an I always hungry after visiting your blog?Beautiful!
July 15, 2007 9:14 PM  
CrumpledPaperbirds said…
These are gorgeous!!!
Lovely colors, and love the two pics next to each other…food for eyes.
July 16, 2007 1:50 PM  

Touches of yellow

I have nothing yellow in my garden. But I have white flowers with touches of yellow.
Two vignettes from the garden done in their setting, in bright sunlight.
A white Hemerocallis, the only one in flower.
Done in WC in moleskine.

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I also have Feverfew(Chrysantemum parthenium), a small camomile-like white daisy with bright yellow centre. They make a wonderful display in the herb garden, and work wonders on a migraine, they self sow profusely and look beautiful picked by the armsful.

My goal with both these paintings was to keep them light and fresh by incorporating the white paper as part of the composition. With the feverfew, I used more “dabbing” of color, since that is how I perceive them in the garden.

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Done in WC in moleskine.

Sharon said…
These are gorgeous! I really love the loose, simple style and colors mixed on the paper.
June 20, 2007 7:20 PM  
Kunya said…
Wow, what abeautiful work. I just bought some books about the work of Charles Reid. This paintings, especialy the first one, reminds me of the book. Great work.
June 20, 2007 7:21 PM  
Lynn said…
Oh my, these are lovely! I really like the fresh, spontaneous feel of these paintings. The feverfew are gorgeous.
June 20, 2007 8:21 PM  
Teri C said…
Definitly spontaneous, definitly loose and defintly WONDERFUL!!!
June 20, 2007 9:01 PM  
Jenny said…
My favorite is the first one though both a lovely, loose, and colorful.
June 20, 2007 10:11 PM  
Dave said…
Superb. The colours are lovely!
June 20, 2007 10:46 PM  
Lin said…
Ronnell — fresh, lively, colorful, glorious — all of this and more!! Your daylily is absolutely breathtaking!! I AM IN LOVE with the various hues within it — and I too grow feverfew — but never again — I find it takes over too MUCH of the garden! GRAND JOB!!!!!!
June 21, 2007 2:23 AM  
bec said…
oooh! I love these drawings…. I have lilies and feverfew also. I’ve got big bouquets all over the house. Question: how do you USE the feverfew for a migraine? make a tea and drink it? sniff the leaves? I’m interested in knowing…Thanks!
BEC
June 21, 2007 4:11 AM  
biteyourowntail said…
Lovely – I particularly like the way that blue makes the yellow sing in the second painting – makes me think of late summer, and lazy afternoons in the shade.
June 21, 2007 10:18 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
These are just wonderful – fresh and lively and full of color. I definitely see a resemblance to the lovely, loose florals of Charles Reid, although they are your own personal style. How do you find the time to et all this done? You’ve been so productive lately.
June 21, 2007 11:23 AM  
Regula Scheifele said…
lovely loose dreamy vibrant lively fresh…
WOW
June 21, 2007 12:30 PM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Oh my gosh!!! These are BEAUTIFUL Ronell.
June 21, 2007 3:08 PM  
Robyn said…
Beautiful dancing lines, sparkling white and a fairytale touch with the colours, Ronell. I long to paint so instinctively.
June 21, 2007 5:20 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for all the inpspiring comments..
Bec – I take infusions. Normally it is advised to dry the leaves, but I forget, so I just take two or three leaves and let them infuse for a thirty minutes. It is best to take the infusion regularly. You can chew the leaves, but apparently they easily cause mouth sores, so I have never tried that…
Robyn – you are a poet.
Ronell
June 21, 2007 5:35 PM  
Deborah said…
Ohh, these are so fresh and light! I love the techniques you used here. You must have a great garden.
June 21, 2007 7:31 PM  
Serena said…
Both are beautiful in their own right, Ronell. I love the loose, airy feel you have achieved and the splashes of colour are divine!
June 21, 2007 10:29 PM  
Lindsay said…
These last few sketches are so beau;tiful and fresh. They truley capture summer!
June 22, 2007 2:37 AM  
Sandy said…
I looked at them enlarged and they are so free flowing. So gorgeous. I would love to walk through your garden some day.wow.. Ronell, thanks for all your comments…they are appreciated… I just love coming here to see what you’ve been up to, when I’m out sweating in the dirt in my garden. haha. I keep thinking I want to go outside and paint but somehow it never works. How do you do it??
June 22, 2007 5:15 AM  
Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said…
Just lovely! Sure wish I had your talent.tea
xo
June 22, 2007 10:38 AM  
Pequete said…
These are lovely, Africantapestry! I love your loose style and I wish I could paint as freely as you.
June 22, 2007 11:58 AM  
hfm said…
Great!
June 22, 2007 11:20 PM  
Tonniece said…
beautifully done Ronell. Light and fresh, very summery
June 23, 2007 3:03 AM  
phthaloblu said…
Simply gorgeous! All those colors and shadows and details. Well done!
June 23, 2007 11:19 PM  
Laureline said…
Happy, happy, loose and lively work! I LOVE them! You’re so in your element!
June 23, 2007 11:46 PM  
Carole said…
Lovely colours, Ronell, particularly in the feverfew. I have tried chewing the leaves for a headache, but they tasted so rotten I think I preferred the headache.
June 24, 2007 1:45 PM  
janey said…
These are lovely sketches. So colorful and full of summer.
June 25, 2007 6:48 PM  
Fanta said…
Lovely, cheerful and extremely fresh! So well done.
June 26, 2007 10:29 PM  
luci said…
The flowers are lovely, Ronell. Chrysanthemum is my favorite flower. The florist wasn’t too happy when I insisted on chrysanthemums only bouquet for my wedding. It bothered his artistic taste, I think. I remembered he used variety of chrysanthemums, and feverfew was one of them. I’m happy to see the beautiful feverfew you painted.