Unknown faces on the train

Some faces on the train to Paris. All done in pen in moleskine and given a wash later at home.






Anita said…
They are all wonderful Ronell but I especially like the 2nd with the woman facing away, adds a sense of mystery and gets the imagination pumping!
June 17, 2007 3:58 PM  
Lin said…
BEAUTIFUL!! The softness of the wash is outstanding!
June 17, 2007 4:29 PM  
Meinhild Selbach said…
Great work! I really like your style.
Greetings from the Lyons area 😉
Meinhild (inselfan54)
June 17, 2007 4:37 PM  
Nancy Van Blaricom said…
These are beautiful. Was it ink or watercolor you used for a wash? Your portrait sketches are so well done.
June 17, 2007 5:18 PM  
Nina Johansson said…
Great with those grey washes, I love these drawings!
June 17, 2007 5:19 PM  
mARTa said…
love these too! I did my daughter on the train into Los Angeles on friday….she was right in front of me so I could see her!!! I love how these don’t have color…the washes are beautiful.
June 17, 2007 11:31 PM  
Jenny said…
Enjoyed your train sketches. Ink and wash is perfect for these.
June 18, 2007 1:19 AM  
Arty Velarde said…
These are nice, I like the washes for the gray scale.
It looks cool!
June 18, 2007 3:12 AM  
juj said…
These are fabulous Ronnell – Your linework is so free and easy, and the washes are the perfect touch. I love the sleeping man at the top and the one at the bottom. And there is something so compelling about the posture of the girl with the pony tail. Sly girl – capturing the people who wouldn’t notice what you were doing!
June 18, 2007 4:19 AM  
Sandy said…
Gosh how do you do this!!! I would love to learn watercolor wash like this…just beautiful and delicate. sandy
June 18, 2007 7:35 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you to verybody for the kind comments…I really appreciate your encouragement.
Nancy – I just used some black watercolor.
Marta – will have alook at your daughter’s sketch today. I think someone right opposite me is a bit intimidating(a stranger)…I expect them to bite me any minute!
Judi – Yip, that is exacty how I caught Hartman…!
Sandy – I feel like I’m is actually cheating; really good sketching can stand on its own with only the lines, but I feel mine needs that extra bit of “oomph”..
June 18, 2007 8:28 AM  
biteyourowntail said…
Sneaky drawings of people – love them. And what better way to spend a train journey? Lovely work
June 18, 2007 11:01 AM  
Dave said…
These are lovely. So expressive and the wash adds a lot to the line work.
June 18, 2007 3:21 PM  
Robyn said…
Wonderful people! I too love the girl with the pony tail but they are a delightful lot. I think the sketches would stand up very well without it, but the wash is a lovely touch. Paris! Sigh! The last time I saw Paris….
June 18, 2007 5:47 PM  
Tonniece said…
A real wow factor here Ronell.
Great sketches
June 18, 2007 10:17 PM  
hfm said…
Great work! Don’t know how you can draw on the train! I’ve tried but I can’t
June 18, 2007 11:25 PM  
Ujwala said…
the ink and wash portraits are beautiful ronnel! now i need me some trains to ride in 😀 actually i’d be too shy to pull out my sketchpad at such close proximity to the subject! 😀
June 19, 2007 12:59 PM  
Claudia said…
Oh, Ronell, you did so nice paintings and drawing while i was away on my hiking tours! I nearly can’t decide which I like the best! Your glass bells are so wonderful! But your garden sketches turned out so good as well!!! I like the colours you use!
And your train sketches are very nice, too! I want to see more!!!
June 19, 2007 1:03 PM  
Carole said…
You are so talented, Ronell. You’ve captured a lot of character with these simple lines.You are brave, sketching people. I always feel too self conscious to attempt it, which is a shame as it would be a good way to spend the time on the train.
June 19, 2007 2:35 PM  
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June 19, 2007 6:17 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
I somehow missed this post – it’s wonderful, Ronell! These are so full of character, so individual – I really love them. This seems like a new departure for you (?)

Bells in watercolor


A glass bell in the garden

Watercolor on Fabriano HP


A glass bell in the kitchen.

Watercolor on Fabriano HP


caseytoussaint said…
These are just gorgeous, Ronell, sparkling with light and color. I wish real life were like your paintings…
June 17, 2007 3:33 PM  
alteredtome said…
I so enjoy the way you place your color on the paper. Your work is so fresh and inspiring.Chris
June 17, 2007 4:15 PM  
Lin said…
June 17, 2007 4:30 PM  
Teri C said…
Your use of color and reflections is just spectacular! Love them both.
June 17, 2007 4:57 PM  
Karen Winters said…
Great transparency in this Ronell
June 17, 2007 5:10 PM  
Anita said…
You have such a unique and wonderful way with colour Ronell. Fabulous!
June 17, 2007 5:39 PM  
mrana said…
I love your style, such great loose strokes and colour!
June 17, 2007 6:37 PM  
Joan Yoshioka said…
Oh wow! I love the colors in your paintings! It’s a freedom in painting that I really envy. Thanks for sharing and for giving me something to aspire to.
June 17, 2007 8:56 PM  
mARTa said…
the one in the garden does it for me! Beautiful!
June 17, 2007 11:29 PM  
Christeen said…
This is just perfectly fresh and zingy- great freshness and life to these 🙂
June 18, 2007 1:06 AM  
juj said…
Beautiful bells – such gorgeous loose drippy color. and those cantelope are the epitome of summer.
June 18, 2007 4:21 AM  
Sandy said…
What a great subject and beautiful work! I get so inspired when I come here. Thanks for sharing Ronell. sandy
June 18, 2007 7:36 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thanks for all your comments…it is inspiring and it encourages me to continue, experiment AND enjoy it!
June 18, 2007 8:32 AM  
Dave said…
These are stunning. The colours are wonderful.
June 18, 2007 3:20 PM  
Sandy said…
Oh WOW Ronell these are simply STUNNING!!!!!
June 18, 2007 3:59 PM  
Robyn said…
Beautiful transparency, colour and style, Ronell. I can’t choose between them.
June 18, 2007 5:40 PM  
SCquiltaddict said…
Yummmy colors …these are wonderful….
June 18, 2007 6:38 PM  
Tonniece said…
I really enjoy you watercolors, they are so animated even in your still lifes.
June 18, 2007 10:19 PM  
Carole said…
GORGEOUS, Ronell! I love the idea, and the colourful execution of it.
June 19, 2007 2:33 PM  
phthaloblu said…
Just gorgeous! Those loose washes that you do so well really being out the sparkle of the glass. Very well done.
June 19, 2007 5:22 PM  
🙂 Silvia said…
How did you do those terrific washes? Especially the melons, they just look so good, so yummy :))