We had art afternoon yesterday – catching up, drinking coffee, eating “organic” cookies, solving all problems; political and religious, laughing at weird people, laughing harder at ourselves, ending in the kitchen with a cup of rooibosch tea, then Casey took off in her brandnew ecofriendly car and I was just plain lazy.  Good news was, I didn’t have to fuss about dinner! Since Hartman went back to SC for the whole month of October, I’m off the hook. I got a good tip from Marta, so I stocked up on cereal this morning. I now have dinner until the end of October.

Some garden drawings and sketches I did yesterday afternoon with Casey…see the wonderful sketches she did…”a la Casey”. (I’m not sure she has posted them yet, but I hope this will push her to put them up,  they are so good!)

Fountain…this is my pride in my garden, the gargoyle originates from the 10th century, from the chateau de Chauvigny, and Hartman turned it into a fountain as a birthday gift for me… how lackluster would my life be without him…;  WC and pen on Fabriano HP, 23 x 30,5 cm (9 x 12″)


Urn in the herb garden; graphite in moleskine

The last apple on the Espalier; graphite and sepia in moleskine.

25 thoughts on “Art afternoon with Casey

  1. Ronell, These are so wonderful! I really like the fountain and the lone apple. Hooray, Hooray! Ginger and I leave for Paris tomorrow. We will be arriving on the morning of the 28th. We will try calling you soon. Deborah

  2. How wonderful to have such a historical piece in your garden, Ronell! You’ve rendered the fountain beautifully as you have also done with the urn and apple. 🙂

  3. It looks like you are happily settled back in – these are beautiful paintings and drawings of your beloved garden. You’ve really got that water spouting from the fountain – very difficult to do in watercolour.

  4. Your gargoyle is a treasure, Ronell and beautifully painted. I love the loose, fluid purity of your brushwork. I despair of every being able to achieve that. I’m very jealous of your espalier apple tree – I started training a ‘peach’ only to have it turn out to be a Forsythia 😦 Yours looks gorgeous in the sepia.

    Do I understand that you are planning to eat cereal the whole month Hartman is away?! You’ll be stripped of your French Kitchen title 😉

  5. Your garden looks and sound like a little patch of heaven on earth with a endless and ever changing bounty of treasures.
    And as always, you never fail to please. Love your wonderful style Ronell.

  6. Ronell, your garden sketches are so lovely! I imagine you are enjoying your garden even more than usual after being away for so long. Feel free to use all the time you are saving by not cooking to create more sketches to share with us! 🙂

  7. Time sketching in your garden with Casey is obviously time VERY well spent! Sounds like you two had a wonderful time- your drawing & paintings from that visit are delightful. I really enjoy them all, but your sepia painting is really capturing my imagination. Enjoy your cereal!

  8. Thank you for visiting!
    Deborah…hope to see you in Paris soon!!
    Robyn, you had me laughing with your nurturing of a peach which turned out to be a forsythia…very little flowers I don’t like, but the forsythia is one I really don’t like.
    Hie hie..I already had so much cereal, I can’t face having more, so I guess I’ll move onto some real food!

  9. So fun to see yours and Casey’s different takes on the same subjects – both simply marvelous I might add. You two are so lucky to have this to share.

  10. BTW, I think you and Casey should have someone videotape you at work and post it on YouTube. It would be fun to see how you both produce these lovely, loose paintings!

  11. Sounds like you both had a wonderful afternoon! I always enjoy seeing your work…VERy hard to pick a favorite…. but, I think I’ll go with the apple espalier, I love the variation between lights and shadows.

  12. Thanks for the kind comments everyone!
    Sharon – to have me filmed while I work, would be to scare everybody away from art..hie hie. I’m so chaotic, disorganized, clumsy, messy…it is actually a spectacle!

  13. tout c’est tres jolie!!! Oh my favorite is the fountain and I am so jealous!!!! I’ll have to tell Rudy that Hartman gave you a tenth century fountain….what do I get? LOL.
    Last night was Raisin Bran with organic non fat milk…the night before: Cherrios and bananas…..but he’s home today so we’ll be eating a real dinner! Oh, Corn Flakes and strawberries or peaches are yummy too!
    These sketches are fabulous and like Casey’s I can see the happiness of once again spending time with your friend and the pleasure of it all!
    I am so excited about the 3 of us getting together!

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