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Two sketches from Caen, France.

Having the youngest daughter finishing her studies in Caen.., had us renting a truck and taking off in the directionof Caen to empty her apartement and bring it back home. Another chapter finished. She starts in Paris next week for a long “stage” and then we’ll take on another chapter, who knows where.  Always an exciting life when you have kids – it never stops!

Sketch in rotring pen and watercolour in watercolor sketchbook, 15.3x25cm.

When all was packed and we waited for the estate agent to come over for the “etat de lieu” – checking that we didn’t steal the ceiling or the shower etc…I sat on the windowsill of an empty apartment and scribbled a sketch of the building opposite her window, as well as the pigeons of Rue St Martin, trying their best to hide from the pouring rain and the cold. Not much in terms of great sketching, but at least some pen to paper!

sketch in pencil in wartercolor sketchbook, 15,3x25cm.

10 responses

  1. Maree

    Poor pigeons! They all seem to be preening all the wet away!

    April 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm

  2. Love it …Ronell! I always imagine myself sitting where you were sitting when you were doing your sketches ….as you describe your surroundings. (Gits Ronell….partykeer sukkel ek nou regtig om myself reg in Engels uit te druk…hierdie is nou een van daai kere….lol..)

    April 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

  3. Ronell, I love the way you splash and move the color around on the paper. Just beautiful!

    April 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

  4. Just gorgeous. Yes, we have a Paris daughter too. Will be there to see her in 3 weeks. They have the globe at their feet and it’s fantastic. I actually really like pigeons.

    April 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

  5. Ayse Uzhan

    Je reve de mon petit fils completer un jour ces etudes aussi,les dessins sont formidables comme tous les autres ,surtout les pigeons en meditation….A part les moments ou ils mangent ou ils volent ils ont toujours un air philososphique.

    April 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

  6. And just the other day she was still a little girl in shorts!

    April 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm

  7. I love the pigeon studies – it’s good practice to draw moving animals/birds because something of their character/nature seems to come out much more effectively than in pictures drawn from photos. Good luck with the next chapter!

    April 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm

  8. annie

    Congrats to your daughter. I love your sketches of the pigeons– and you know that I always love your buildings.

    April 4, 2010 at 9:58 pm

  9. This is a particularly fresh little duo of sketches.

    April 5, 2010 at 4:04 am

  10. Charming pigeons, Ronell. Your watercolour of the building is very appealing too.

    Oh the things we do for daughters! Paris at that age does seem like a dream.

    April 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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