When the going gets tough, the tough runs away….or something like that. That was me the past few weeks. Not that I had such rough going and not that I’m that tough either. But that’s just how it was. I ran away. Sarah(biteyourowntail mentioned the book Women who run with wolves (Clarissa Pikola Estes). I couldn’t wait to dig out my copy and read it again. It is a great book. Pequete(Pequete’s art journal) also advised reading Living out Loud(Ker Smith). Will have to get it, it sounds like good reading.
Luckily life stayed true to itself and my wheel started turning upwards. And luckily I have people in my life who helped push it. Some with faces I see every day, some further away and then some whose faces I have yet to see.


A thank you to Hartman who so patiently puts up with all my whims and goes even a step further…descending at 11:30 at night down to the river with a torch to find me a frog for my fountain. My frog was missing.
A thank you to those who make me laugh when I get too serious.
A thank you to everybody who left and still leave a few words of encouragement on my blog.
A thank you to those who not only leave a comment, but also take the time out of their busy summer activities and work and blogging, to send an email with some nice thoughts.
A thank you to those unknown faces who make a loyal stop at my blog regularly, to those who are new, to those who say nice words when my art sometimes just simply sucks, to those who laugh at a joke that’s not really funny, to those who read my sometimes boring words, to those who care and to those who are feeling drained themselves, but still find the spirit to encourage. To those who advise books to read, fun things to do and send recipes to indulge in.
A thank you to Casey down the road in Amboise, who always cares and often stops for a coffee.
A thank you to all, whom I’ve come to know through your art and your words and your actions.



Teri C said…
It is SO good to have you back. I have missed your wonderful paintings, you sense of humor and just youbeing you!
July 17, 2007 3:47 PM  
brian nelson said…
You have done an awesome job with these flowers! I love them. Being discouraged, myself, they have brightened my day! Thanks for sharing!
July 17, 2007 4:10 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
You do the same and more for all of us. This is a wonderful comeback – I was just wondering this morning what you’d be putting together to post! Hope to see you soon. (this week?)
July 17, 2007 4:36 PM  
Robyn said…
Back with sunflowers – what a return! Lovely, loose watercolour as usual. Great to have you back, Ronell. We need your inspiration.
July 17, 2007 5:57 PM  
Lin said…
July 17, 2007 6:17 PM  
Sandy said…
and a thank you to you for giving us great visuals and superb imagings to keep us going on some very long and tedious days.I came across a book by the way with the most wonderful illustrations and they reminded me of you. It is a cookbook called “A Glorious Harvest) written by Henrietta Green. The illustrator is Lynne Robinson and OMG her work is gorgeous and really really reminds me of your style. Have you ever heard of it.
July 17, 2007 6:25 PM  
soulcomfort said…
Great colors and free style–as usual, it’s beautiful to look at! 🙂
Always, Rita
July 18, 2007 3:20 AM  
Jana Bouc said…
Another big wow! These are gorgeous! And a thanks to you for visiting my blog, even when you were “gone”.
July 18, 2007 6:11 AM  
Joanne said…
Your sketches are soooo juicy. Just awesome. Take a break when you need one, but don’t be gone too long, please!
July 18, 2007 7:44 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thanks to everybody!
Sandy: No, I don’t know the book, but I’m defintly going to hunt it down…by the title it looks like book to own!
Brian: Just hang in there..
Casey: Will call you for a session of sketching?
July 18, 2007 8:52 AM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Ooh Ronell,
firstly another stunning painting. Wow, you are good!
And secondly I know exactly what you’ve been going through. I feel like I’ve been in that place myself recently. It’s such a frustrating place. And the hardest thing is, I find, not putting too much pressure on yourself to create. Your work is fabulous and here’s to lots more of it!
July 18, 2007 11:36 AM  
Anita said…
Gorgeous flowers and that hint of a vase is pure genius!

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