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Fresh from the sea

 A drawing in ink and wash. I started out, planning this to be a painting, but somehow it ended up as a sketch with a wash. I chose the wrong day to do a painting…a bit low on energy that day. I used one of my photographs I took on my recent trip and it can clearly be seen in this sketch – it is lifeless and without feeling, without energy. I find that I cannot do a sketch from a photograph, somehow I don’t have the ability to give it …oomph..
Click on the image for a larger view ( hope it works this time, since I have been having problems with this clicking-thing.))
This sketch is pen and wash on Fabriano hotpressed paper.


Bonny said…
Ronelle, I think you’re being a bit too hard on yourself. This is a great sketch!
If you really, really think this is medioce (which I don’t agree with), think of it this way:
The sketch is a nice reminder of your trip and what you saw that particular day. When you look at this weeks and months down the road, you will be reminded of that day.
I like this. I can make a story from what I see in the sketch: what the fisherman is doing or thinking, what he might do next. It’s a wonderful sketch!
March 25, 2007 4:00 AM  
casey said…
From here, this looks active, vibrant, spontaneous – everything a sketch should be! I don’t see what you don’t like about it. This is beautiful work, Ronell.
March 25, 2007 5:38 PM  
Lin said…
March 25, 2007 8:02 PM  
Africantapestry said…
thanks for the comments…I do feel better about the sketch, Thanks!
March 26, 2007 8:24 AM  
mARTa said…
Ronelle….this is how I wish to paint! This is so lively and reminds me is many ways of a Singer-Sargent….really lovely
March 29, 2007 5:44 PM  
df said…
hi ronelle thanks for visiting my blog so that I could get to yours! I love this sketch. It’s very loose and energetic. Of course we have to work from photos every now and then. There’s no way I could ask everyone that I wanted to paint to hold the pose for twenty minutes. Can you imagine asking the fish guy to just hold it for a minute?
Plus, I love the self portrait that you have in your profile area. Very wonderful!

Airport people

Being back in France for 3 days after a holiday of almost 3 weeks, leaves me a bit off balance. I’m in slow motion and struggle to pick up the pace. I think my spirit is still lingering in the sun somewhere in the Cape, South Africa. I feel inspired, but at the same time, sad. Having had the most glorious time with friends and family, being spoilt rotten…it is hard to be back and just pick up where we left off 3 weeks ago.
I did do a lot of sketching, took close to a 2000 photographs, soaked up the sun in the vineyards by picking grapes(and sketching and eating and taking pictures, all at the same time) and had close conversation with some elephants (all in good spirit…!), heard a lot of good life stories filled with great humor, ate a lot, drank a lot(I was in the wine lands after all…), laughed a lot, in fact indulged way too much in everything of all sorts, which is a good thing every now and then, no?I’ll post some sketches in batches, starting off with CdG- airport, where we had to change planes because of a technical problem and could therefore only depart 3 hours later. So, here are some sketches of people wandering around…waiting, watching the clock, reading, chatting on their mobile phones, some extremely bored, others not showing any emotion….strangely enough, I couldn’t find anyone sleeping…maybe in fear of being left behind?

I’m still not comfortable sketching people in public….I still have a lot of practicing to do, before I’ll feel competent and at ease doing people in public, but I do enjoy it once it is done, until the next time! These were all done in the small moleskine, which I sometimes find a bit restricting.

So, here they are – all those waiting people at the airport…….








E-J said…
Hello – there are some lovely sketches on your blog! I wish I had such lightness of touch when sketching with watercolour. Bookmarking you. 🙂
March 9, 2007 7:00 PM  
Deborah said…
These sketches of the people are wonderful. The gestures are great. Can’t wait to see more from your trip.
March 10, 2007 1:42 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
Hi Ronell – great sketches! I’m thrilled to see you getting addicted to drawing people in public too, shall we go on some sketchcrawls? The nice weather is coming too…..
March 10, 2007 10:16 AM  
phthaloblu said…
These are wonderful sketches, and the washes look great. I’m curious, did you do the washes while you were sketching, or after you were home? Well done!
March 10, 2007 6:31 PM  
gabi campanario said…
hi ronell,
these are great, the person talking on the phone is my favorite. looking forward to seeing more!
March 11, 2007 5:57 AM  
Africantapestry said…
HiThank you for your kind comments on my blog.To answer your question, phtalobu, ….It depends. The drawings at the airport didn’t have any specific light or color that I wanted to capture, it was more just gestural, so I just washed them later, no specific order. I actually considered leaving them as pen sketches, but then started putting a wash in on one and liked it…I enjoy color, what can I say! With some sketches, I’d like to capture shadows or light, and then I would do it there on the spot. I carry a small watercolor and 2 waterbrushes with me. And then sometimes I would do a sketch, and would just make notes on the colors or shadows or light and do the washes later, but not too long afterwards, or else I forget!! (Or even become too lazy…hehe!

March 11, 2007 7:14 PM  
Jana Bouc said…
Wonderful sketches. I love the painting on the upper right of your site. Is that a self portrait? It’s so expressive and charming.
March 12, 2007 3:56 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you Jana…yes, it is kind of a self portrait – oil on canvas..
March 13, 2007 8:31 AM  
Renate said…
Lovely sketches. I can’t see that you did not feel comfortable doing them.
March 13, 2007 11:39 PM  
martha said…
These are wonderful! Airports are indeed great for people sketching.
March 14, 2007 3:28 AM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Great studies.

Ink sketches – people

We went to Andorra for a week of snow and ski recently. No skiing though, since there wasn’t any snow except for that made by snow canons. The girls did ski, but H(love of my life) and I passed on that one, so we did a lot of other sightseeing. One thing we did frequently, was going to the sportcentre where H could make use of WiFi available. It may sound like he is a workaholic, but he is as passionate about what he does in life as I am about doing my art. He loves his job, so his computer and notebook and pen and paper go with him, like my stuff travels with me. So, while he “WiFis and calculates and designs, I draw and write and read and watch the world go by and of course, we enjoy a cuppachino or two. The spoet centre was a great place – a big complex with indoor pools, ice skating rink, tennis courts…and a cafeteria. I did these drawings while having our coffee. The first sketch is the “food corner” in the house we stayed in.



Cavalera said…
very nice sketches, keep up the good work
February 8, 2007 8:32 PM  
ksklein said…
hey, these sketches are great.
February 8, 2007 9:10 PM  
Casey said…
what a great window onto your vacation! Much more fun than photos. Nice, Ronell.
February 8, 2007 9:45 PM  
aPugsLife said…
I really like these! 🙂
February 10, 2007 4:51 AM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
These are really great – and I especially love the top one!


Watercolor on paper….
I don’t have any fond memories of scissors, in fact, I pretty much associate them with pain and blood, of which I have first hand experience. But then again, if I think of life without them, I can quickly conjure up images of pleasure. Like everybody else, we have scissors everywhere throughout the house. In the bedroom a small pair for removing labels or a loose thread here and there. In the bathroom…well, you know what scissors are used for in there..Then there is the handyman that cuts just about anything, although I don’t believe in this all-round-scissors. I want one for every purpose – one for cutting hair and one for cutting paper, another for cutting plastic and one at close hand when I can’t find the hammer, or the screwdriver or the can-opener…The sewing kit has a few of its own, and to my dismay, the huge fabric scissors is in high demand at Christmas when all the others scissors have magically disappeared. The kitchen is an interesting topic. I have yet to figure out the system – one for every task? But that would leave neither time nor place for anything else in the kitchen.

I had a pretty little old one from my mother which I kept in my handbag and forgot to take out before we had to board. I still have another one left, a very ancient model, frequently used by her and even though it lacks performance, its beauty stays unsurpassed. No psychedelic colored plastic in sight and the handle shows signs of hard use and yes, the blade is full of rust spots, but the lines are sleek and graceful and the grip allows for good comfort. Just a simple, beautiful, old pair of scissors from my childhood, one that comes from my mother’s sewing kit and is now not so much a utility as a connexion to the past. So maybe I do have fond memories after all….




February 7, 2007 7:07 PM  
nik said…
Welcome to EDM Ronell. I really love your scissors. They are beautiful. You are a wonderful artist. Greetings from Germany.
February 7, 2007 7:10 PM  
Sandy said…
Ohhh these are Very Nice – Very Nice, Welcome and you will have a blast here and learn sooooooo much.
February 7, 2007 7:17 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you, Nik and Sandy, for the warm welcome and for the kind words – I feel like a child at Christmas; the one super gift after the other!!
February 7, 2007 10:58 PM  
SCquiltaddict said…
Bonjour Ronell…and welcome to EDM …i think you are definitely going to be a great contributor with your wonderful sketches…ils sont tres magnifique!
February 8, 2007 4:44 AM  
Karen said…
Hi Ronell, welcome to EDM!