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Urns and tennis

I have a passion for urns…Medici, cast iron, soapstone, old stone…I love their shape and touch and smell, their poise and nobility. While I watched the tennis today, my hands looked for something to do. Since I’ve been longing to do a few urns for some time now, I thought I should start right away with the first one, an old French cast iron urn. The first painting is oil on linen which I did a few years ago.It is close to my heart.

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This next one is one of three watercolors I did while watching the ladies final at Roland Garos this afternoon. I wanted to go for the same composition as the oil just for comparison. This was the last of my attempts and probably the one closest to what I intended. Maybe because by this time the tennis result was a clear cut thing, no doubt who the winner would be, so my attention was mostly on the paper.The shape is awkward though, but that doesn’t bother me too much. I’m never too fixed on realism. My watercolors are a bit sloppy lately, but my goal is to bring more expressionism into them, to accentuate color more and the big one …to fiddle less

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This sketch comes in second. I’m not happy with it, although there is something that makes me look at it again. It is very wild and uncontrolled, dark a with lot of confusing leaves….that actually sounds very much like my mind…. or it could be the tennis. By this stage in the match, it was a very one-sided gameAnd finally, my first attempt right at the beginning of the match, when I still thought it was going to be a tough battle and my attention was eagerly turned more to the game.

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There is really no interest in this one, very flat and floating with no excitement. After these attempts I had enough of this urn, however much I love it. I’ll try some others for next time

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22 comments:

Dave said…
Interesting exercise to paint the same thing three times. I like all of them, but I think I agree with your order of preference. The oil is outstanding!
June 9, 2007 7:43 PM  
Renate said…
I’m in love with the oil painting. There is something very intriguing in it. Maybe the way you get the light … Don’t know. But it’s great!
June 9, 2007 7:59 PM  
Sandy said…
Love the oil painting too and of the three, my favorite is the bottom one…just gorgeous. But…I’m still thinking about that outdoor kithen and alfresco cooking…yum…I’m hungry..
June 9, 2007 9:35 PM  
🙂 Silvia said…
All of the paintings are great, but the first one is really outstanding :)!! It’s understandable that you are very fond of it.
June 9, 2007 11:18 PM  
Robyn said…
The urn was the winner on the day. Beautiful all ways. I love the oil – awesome, but my favourite of your ‘tennis’ paintings is the first one. Smashing!
June 9, 2007 11:18 PM  
janey said…
Yes the oil is excellent but actually my favorite is the last one. I like the freedom and the colors.
June 10, 2007 12:43 AM  
Jenny said…
I like them all, and there’s no reason for me to pick one over the others. :)Sports on television cannot hold my attention and something else to do must me found. Needlework is my usual choice if it’s at an uncomplicated point.
June 10, 2007 2:07 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
Ronell, whenever I stop paying attention I miss another fabulous post! this is great, I’ve always loved that oil, and it looks wonderful here – I think my favorite of the watercolors is the last one – it looks like you’re sure of your subject and know where you wanted to go with it, maybe because the composition is a bit simpler. Delightful.
June 10, 2007 4:56 PM  
Lindsay said…
Wow! You have an amazing eye for detail! Great wc sketches too.
June 10, 2007 4:58 PM  
Jana Bouc said…
hese are all amazing and I’m so envious of your oil technique. I think my favorite images of the urn though are the first one (the oil) and the last one. The surface of the urn in the oil is perfect and it looks so weighty and substantial. The values in the last watercolor image are just right and it really stands out.
June 11, 2007 6:45 AM  
hfm said…
Love your persistency… and for me they are good and transparent as I like them.
June 11, 2007 10:40 AM  
Anita said…
Oh Ronell, we share a passion. I can’t pass an urn or a column or ballistrade without running my hands along it’s curves…Which can be rather embarassing for those who are with me at times. LOL!
Your paintings are beautiful. The oil is exceptional and the watercolours show your personality, knowledge of subject and love of colour.
Truly gorgeous!
June 11, 2007 12:40 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for your commenst…I rellay apprecieate it.
Ronell
June 11, 2007 4:09 PM  
Bonny said…
Fabulous, Ronell! To me, all the urn sketches are interesting for their own sake. I don’t think I’ve ever concentrated on drawing one thing several times to compare the results. Neat idea!
June 11, 2007 4:21 PM  
Laureline said…
Hey, I love that last one—so what am I, chopped liver?? The whole group is such fun to see and, as always, your narrative is charming and compelling, too.
June 11, 2007 8:10 PM  
Sandy said…
Each rendition is wonderful in it’s own – I cannot sit still to do the same subject repeatedly but this shows how much variety can be achieved – Great work as always.
June 11, 2007 8:17 PM  
wagonized said…
Such an intricate shape to draw / paint. The first one blows me away, quite simply. I think oil is very appropriate for the weight of the urn.
June 12, 2007 5:22 AM  
Carole said…
How do you find the patience to paint the same thing three times! You must learn a lot from doing so. I love the differences in these three paintings, and they all have characteristics that I like. I like the loose expressive style and think you’ve achieved it well. My favourite is, of course, the oil painting. It’s simply stunning.
June 12, 2007 6:31 PM  
Tonniece said…
As always lovely pieces. The oil painting is wonderful Ronell.
June 13, 2007 11:13 PM  
Andrew said…
wowoowwww these are just awesome…so did you watch much of the match:>
June 14, 2007 12:01 AM  
Serena said…
WOW! I’m flat out painting something once let alone four times. The oil is my absolute favourite but the other’s are vibrant with colour and flair. Well done, Ronell ~
June 20, 2007 6:20 AM  
platitudinal said…
I love how your paintings give us hints of your self, Ronell. Today we learn that you have a passion for urns and the reason behind it.Your talent never ceases to amaze me.

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