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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  
Anonymous said…
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 (?)

Come on, just do it!

Five things from my bathroom. Carole said so. ( I could only get to four. I struggled almost the whole day, but I’ve done it and I feel good. Great they are not, but I’m happy. Wonderful feeling of achievement! It was so great having someone tell me: “This is what you need to do, do it” Not thinking or planning or finding something…I just did it. Next time it will be better. Thank you, Carole.

I dedicate this to all of you who were encouraging and supportive, may I do the same to you when you need it.





Pen and watercolor, Arches HP. Click on images to enlarge.


Dave said…
Good for you! There are some lovely touches in those sketches too. The shine on the pitcher, the shadow on the stand, etc. Enjoyed looking at them!
April 16, 2007 9:31 PM  
Claudia said…
…I like the spontaneity and freshness of the sketches!-(I’m still working on that for myself…)
April 16, 2007 9:51 PM  
Sandy said…
Fabulous, I just Love your technic, so light and fresh but with great depth and personality – GREAT!
April 16, 2007 10:05 PM  
Carole said…
Hey! Good work. I just love how you do those watercolour washes. You have such a light touch. The chair and bowl/pitcher is particularly nice. Looks like you’ve got a beautiful bathroom there!
April 16, 2007 10:37 PM  
Teri C said…
Gosh, each one is a winner! Just wonderful!
April 17, 2007 3:36 AM  
Brenda Y said…
Fantastic!! My fav is the chair with the pitcher and bowl and plant–what luscious lines and soft colors. By George, I do believe you’ve got your groove back!!
April 17, 2007 6:12 AM  
Jana Bouc said…
These all have such elegance and beauty. It looks like you’ve found your inspiration again!
April 17, 2007 7:38 AM  
MrsSnowy said…
What a spectacular comeback! My favourite is the chair with basin and pitcher. Goodness, if I tried to find inspiration in out bathroom it would spin me into instant depression – not the finest room in our house!
April 17, 2007 11:00 AM  
platitudinal said…
Wow, these are beautiful sketches. If not for the toilet paper rolls and towels sketch, I will keep on forgetting that these are paintings of your bathroom!
April 17, 2007 2:51 PM  
artnewbie said…
Lovely! What great style you have.
April 17, 2007 3:43 PM  
Lin said…
YEAH!! AND WHAT A GLORIOUS JOB YOU DID!!!!! Hope it broke your uninspired spell and that Madam Muse is sitting on your shoulder!
April 17, 2007 5:10 PM  
bec said…
I love the stuff in YOUR bathroom!
April 17, 2007 7:49 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for the comments…I am back to working, almost repeating everything twice in order to get something that is half decent, but that is OK.
April 17, 2007 11:46 PM  
Ujwala said…
i’m away on holiday and hadnt been to your blog in a while. lots of wonderful work since I last visited and these 3 from your bathroom are super too.
April 18, 2007 6:13 AM  
E-J said…
Lovely little sketches. What an elegant bathroom you have, Ronell! Your watercolour style is very distinctive. And you’re so prolific!
April 18, 2007 12:48 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
Ronell, these are beautiful! You’ve combined your wonderful drawing skills with your decorating talent and it’s a great combination.
April 18, 2007 6:19 PM  
“Maggie” said…
Wow, the chandelier is lovely and the reflections really make this a great piece. I love all the intricate inked lines.
April 21, 2007 3:22 PM  
Africantapestry said…
April 22, 2007 4:30 PM  
phthaloblu said…
Once again, beautiful sketches! Love the light best of all.

Ugly, but couldn’t do without

I have found “ugly” to be an emotional concept, at least for me…
When you know the story behind it, “ugly!”, turns into “oohh how sweet!”
On a bad mood day, I see more ugly people than usual; my car is ugly, which is usually not a problem, since I couldn’t care less about a beautiful car; the dry winter scenes, which are normally architectural masterpieces, are just plain ugly and my bedroom mirror, which is most days a sweet and kind soul, shows its mean side.

Today isn’t a bad day, so I couldn’t find anything ugly around me. Even the dishwasher and washing machine, fridge…all those machine-things have their beauty today, maybe because they still do their job so dutifully?

I decided that garbage bins are my love-hate passion in life. Every day. They are not emotion-related. They are a cruel reality of life on earth. I hate every form of waste… energy, time, food, water, garbage…A Garbage bin to me, signifies the ugly side of life. But I couldn’t do without it. In shame I hang my head and I embrace my bins, glad I only have to fill them and someone else, more courageous then me, will take care of the problem elsewhere! So, here I give you the ugly side of my life and unfortunately, yours as well….

I wanted to depict these bins as ugly, so I gave only 5 minutes to myself to do each, wash included and I kept to it. I used Pentel brush pen and watercolor pencils; black….and red and green for a touch of beauty, since this isn’t a bad mood day….



Kunya said…
Nice take on the subject and I amazed what you can do in 5 min.
April 12, 2007 7:03 PM  
Lin said…
Your words are so RIGHT ON!!! And you made those can beautiful, my friend!!!! I may have to tag onto your idea … I am having a hard time with this challenge!
April 12, 2007 7:17 PM  
Sandy said…
Wow – nice sketches for 5 minutes!! Yes ugly but sentimental by necessity!!
April 12, 2007 8:36 PM  
Shirley said…
Fabulous, as always. I love this loose style.
April 12, 2007 8:53 PM  
Carole said…
Great idea for the challenge – I too am having difficulty with it. I wish I could draw this well in 5 mins! But then maybe that’s why your sketches are so alive and vibrant? I like the little touches of colour in them.
April 12, 2007 10:40 PM  
Emma Pod said…
Wonderful choice of an “ugly” item. I agree with you about mood and ugliness….they do tend to go together. I like the gray tones in these drawing and the touches of color add something nice. You are right about the existential ickiness of garbage/waste.
April 13, 2007 1:28 AM  
platitudinal said…
Ronell, I like what you wrote about this ‘ugly’ theme. I appreciate your honesty when you admit you see more ugly people when you are in the bad mood. I see your perspective of the trash bin as a symbol of waste and how it pertains to our life.Thank you for the thoughtful post and the accompanying pictures. You tried to portray ugly, but you couldn’t help bringing some element of beauty in it … like the brilliant red of the trash bag tie, and the lush green foliage that slipped quietly in the corner.
April 13, 2007 4:50 AM  
Brenda Y said…
This post needs to be published! What a wonderful take on “trash to treasure!” You’ve made waste beautiful and given us so much to ponder as far as how our moods effect our outlook. Thanks!
April 13, 2007 6:00 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
I thoroughly agree with everyone’s comments – this is a wonderful post, and you’ve made charming drawings out of a rather un-lovely object. I just love the touch of color. Beautiful work, Ronell.
April 13, 2007 8:16 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for the comments, everyone.
While I was doing this post, I thought how I would enjoy doing more “important”(by lack of better description) art, not pretty pictures, but art that touches, rises questions, thoughts, discussion, even controversy…but to do that, you have to be brave and a bit careless, I think, not worrying about hurting feelings all the time, like I do!
I am working on that though, searching for how I can say something important with my brush…
April 13, 2007 8:23 AM  
Deb Salter said…
I really liked your thoughts on ‘ugly’! And your drawings are amazing, I hope it doesn’t spoil it, but they’re really attractive bins!
April 13, 2007 2:10 PM  
Anonymous said…
Hello. These are incredible, great obervation and take on the challenge!
April 13, 2007 3:46 PM  
bec said…
I so agree with your ideas about this challenge–I’m having such a hard time finding something “ugly” to draw. Your trash cans are beautiful!
April 13, 2007 5:16 PM  
Silvia said…
Really wonderful idea on “something ugly”. :)!!
April 13, 2007 9:13 PM  
MrsSnowy said…
You get no points for Ugly because, as has been noted, you’ve made your trash cans beautiful! I love that tone and the character in your lines! You do get a star though, for a great post. 🙂
April 14, 2007 6:44 PM  
SCquiltaddict said…
TOOO funny and what a great job with a great idea!
April 15, 2007 1:30 AM  
nita said…
Great interpretation of the theme and excellent sketches for the limited time allocation. Love those little hints of colour.
April 15, 2007 5:35 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for all the kind comments.
April 15, 2007 6:04 PM  
phthaloblu said…
Nice choice for the theme. I, too, hate wastefulness of any kind, and I think it’s worse when you can SEE it. 5 minutes? Wow, I am amazed what can be achieved in that amount of time. Well done!
April 16, 2007 4:23 AM  
Teri C said…
it’s perfect for ugly and sooooo well done.Love your little quick sketches also.

The green corners of an April garden

April is gardening month. From middle March to middle April I have no nails, no soft hands, a broken back, tennis elbows in both arms, arthritis in my thumbs, I shuffle like an old woman and I smell of compost. All because of the love for a garden.

I have only white and blue/purple in my garden and of course green.Then I have one stubborn red tulip. For three years I’ve had that tulip showing up every April. For three years I’ve cut it off as soon as it flowered, put the flower in a vase, dug up the bulb and gave it to a friend. Just to repeat the process the following year. I’ve accepted the red tulip in my garden now. It is in a vase in my bedroom, I’ve dug up the bulb to give to a friend and I’ll wait for it next year.

I struggled with these sketches. I can’t get all these nuances of green down in a flattering manner. It all looks messy. Maybe it is too much green on one go…I do actually feel a little sick. SoI’ll take my leave now.




Pen and watercolor on Arches hp.

Kunya said…
Well, I realy like those drawings. You must have a wonderful garden…and to me it isn’t messy at all!
April 10, 2007 7:16 PM  
shirley said…
These are really wonderful. I love the various items you have in your garden and the meticulous depiction of chicken wire!
April 10, 2007 8:01 PM  
Sandy said…
Oh My Lord you made me laugh!!! I am right there with you girl. The sketches are lovely, light and luscious. Would love to see that rouge tulip too.
Perhaps a progression of sketches in the garden will follow?!
April 10, 2007 8:42 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
These are beautiful sketches Ronell. And Sandy, I have to tell you, she does have a very beautiful garden!
April 10, 2007 8:47 PM  
aPugsLife-laserone said…
Wow, really nice! I love the one w/ the face in the middle. That one gave me a double-take. Beautiful. 🙂
April 10, 2007 10:17 PM  
Jan said…
I see you have a beautiful and interesting garden and a great blog. Thanks for visiting mine. What an interesting garden!
April 10, 2007 10:19 PM  
Lin said…
WHAT UNUSUAL GARDEN PIECES!! BEAUTIFUL!!!! And that red tulip — what a hilarious story! Yep, we’d be in trouble together! Gardening and sketching!! GREAT JOB!
April 10, 2007 11:22 PM  
Carole said…
There are so many wonderful watercolour effects here – I have no idea how you’ve done them, but I really like them. I also like the various little faces peeping out of these sketches.
April 10, 2007 11:31 PM  
Karen said…
I know how you feel – I was pulling out old vines in my backyard today – oh my back!Very nice sketches, I’m sure they help bring some comfort!
April 11, 2007 10:12 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you everybody, I appreciate the time and effort put into leaving a comment..Sandy, I’ll probably do more sketches as the garden grows month by month…the summers provide so much fun subjects in and around our gardens!
April 11, 2007 10:46 AM  
platitudinal said…
I am already impressed by your artistic ability. And now, you further impressed me with your green thumb. Are these sketches from your garden? Oooohhh-aaaahhhh, so many lovelies to be found in your garden! I shouldn’t be surprised … you seem to exude beauty all around you.*Send that tulip my way, Ronell, I’m sure I can kill it in a second. My mom said that I’m the only person she knows who can kill a cactus!
April 11, 2007 12:33 PM  
Laura said…
They say every room should have a touch of red, so maybe the same thing holds true for gardens! (Though I don’t remember seeing anything red in the white garden at Sissinghurst ;D.) Your cool and subtle palette works very well indoors and out!
April 11, 2007 2:12 PM  
Brenda Y said…
WOW! I love your sketches – I do hope you do more of your garden!! I especially like the water feature, I can almost hear the tinkling of the water.
How hilarious about the tulip! After you dig up the bulb, someone must be sneaking a new bulb in the ground while you sleep – ha.
April 11, 2007 4:26 PM  
phthaloblu said…
These are beautiful! I don’t think they are messy at all.
April 11, 2007 5:46 PM  
ksklein said…
I hope I don`t offend you with my comment. But somehow your second pic reminds me of HULK. 🙂 Specially because I went to an exhibition tod;) and one of the artists topic was Hulk. Maybe I`m crazy! 😉
April 11, 2007 11:15 PM  
Robin Neudorfer said…
What a lovely place to practice something that is enjoyable. There is nothing as special as honoring your riches. I love how you captured the water in your last painting, and the effect that you created on the front leaves. Continue doing what works and explore with what you want to improve. Seems like you are on the right path.
April 12, 2007 5:35 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thanks Robin….and ks klein, no I’m not in the least offended and yes, I can now also see how it might come from Hulk. To tell the truth, I felt a bit like the hulk after I’ve done all this green! Thanks for the comment.

The elegant fences of the countryside

The countryside provides a wealth of “elegant” fences…
I took Robyn( ), up on her suggestion a previous time, and did these sketches on site with a water soluble pen and 2 waterbrushes and my moleskin, along with nerves of steel(for standing right on the edge of the narrow French countryroads) and a pretence(so I would at least give the impression that I know what I’m doing) and chewing gum – that is for the nerves and the pretence…




Deborah said…
Once again a lovely little series of fences. They all look like cool breezy days but you have given them a real softness.
April 6, 2007 7:42 PM  
Shirley said…
These are such fun – interesting fences and nice loose sketches.
April 6, 2007 7:57 PM  
Lin said…
April 6, 2007 8:13 PM  
bec said…
You’re makin me want to get out and try the pen, brush and water plein air thing too! Nice atmosphere in your work….each of your fences seems to tell a story.
April 6, 2007 9:42 PM  
Carole said…
I could use some of these in my project! I really like these lively sketches. They inspire me to try and loosen up a bit! Great stuff.
April 6, 2007 10:00 PM  
Teri C said…
You are spoiling us…I love all your little answers to a challenge. Each one of these is wonderful!!
April 6, 2007 10:01 PM  
jill said…
fantastic job. amazing how interesting an old fence can be and how truly beautiful when done well. i really liked these!
April 7, 2007 1:54 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
Ronell, these are exceptional. And I know how utterly terrifying it can be to stand on a country road in France. Your sketching style is so free and expressive.
April 7, 2007 9:01 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for all the comments, I really appreciate them!Bec…You should give the plein air etc. a go, you’ll get hooked and there is a very special satisfaction in looking back at your sketch and remembering the experience.I’m looking forward to seeing yours soon!Carole, your latest landscape/fence is already a nice lively and loose sketch!


April 7, 2007 11:34 AM  
Lindsay said…
These are completely CHARMING! I love every one of them. You make them look as if they were done in color with the beautiful grays.
April 7, 2007 1:34 PM  
mARTa said…
oh Ronell, they are all wonderful. I love your sketches and would love to sit with you and Casey and sketch sometime!! If only we didn’t have an ocean between us!
April 8, 2007 6:47 AM  
MrsSnowy said…
I’d just like to clarify that I did NOT suggest you stand on the edge of narrow French roads, Ronell! You must have nerves of steel. Your fences are full of atmosphere and that tone looks very classy.
I’m grinning from ear to ear, from getting a personal mention in your blog. Thank you 🙂
April 8, 2007 10:37 AM  
platitudinal said…
To Ronell whose nerves are made of steel,I admire how you can produce such lovely sketches under strenuous circumstance. I especially love how the lines seem so lively and lithe … they told us a tale of how your pen and brushes danced deftly on the paper.*Many thanks for the chewing gum tip!

April 8, 2007 3:28 PM  
Emma Pod said…
I like your somewhat dilapidated fences! Each one has such good tonal values and they evoke the countryside. I think the gum-chewing was a good trick to give you courage and fortitude.
April 8, 2007 10:00 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for the comments, everyone!Marta..oceans, in my opinion, are there to be crossed! So, cross it and come visit for a 3 nights or so(I have more than enough room) and we can sketch whatever stands still long enough to give us a line and a color!My pleasure to you, Robyn, after all, it was your idea that roamed in my thoughts when I set out to do this challenge.

And, I actually hate chewing gum, apart from it being groase seeing someone chew constantly and stepping in it in the streets, it hurts my jaw!

April 9, 2007 9:07 AM  
Sandy said…
Each fence study is very interesting, and quite intriguing – you found unique subjects. Bravo!
April 9, 2007 6:06 PM  
Linda said…
Great studies! I particularly like the top one — although I’m having a hard time imagining what it would have been like standing on the side of a narrow road with no shoulder to draw! You get points for bravery!
April 9, 2007 11:29 PM  
Jana Bouc said…
Charming sketches and fun to picture you there chewing gum trying to look confident. I like the way you’ve suggested detail in a painterly way.
April 10, 2007 4:36 PM  
Fanta said…
I simply adore these dramatic fences. I like this “organized mess” that comes with it in your compositions.
April 13, 2007 12:18 PM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
These are fabulous studies. Really nice indeed. I think the new pen has worked well. They actually make me want to get out and do this challenge. The top one is my fave!

People in Amboise and one window

Tuesday Casey and I had our weekly art afternoon, this time at her place and since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to go out into Amboise and sketch some people. It was sunny and bright, we enjoyed a coffee, moved to new spots every so often, searched for a new pen she wants to try out, got sunkissed and lastly, looked for a birthday gift for a mutual friend, which we couldn’t find…some people are just hard to buy a gift for. I hope I’m not one, I adore gifts! Once again a great day, although the sketching truggled a bit. Here are my results. See Casey’s as well at







Dave said…
Nicely observed sketches! What materials did you use?
March 29, 2007 8:24 PM  
artín said…
beautiful sketches. same question than dave…
March 29, 2007 8:33 PM  
phthaloblu said…
These are so beautiful and full of life. Wonderful job!
March 29, 2007 8:40 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Hi, thanks for the nice words..I used black pen, no 01. I always use a thin point when I sketch these type of sketches, since I don’t make single lins, but I keep my pen going all the time. If I use a thicker pen, it is just a black blob after a while. Then I gave the sketches a monochrome wash later.
March 29, 2007 9:08 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
T6hese are really wonderful. I love the wash – it adds a lot!
March 29, 2007 9:13 PM  
Teri C said…
Wonderful sketches. so full of well-observed life. You two sure had fun together.
March 30, 2007 1:43 AM  
Kay Cox said…
You had a very productive day. These are such nice sketches. What fun you two must have had.
March 30, 2007 3:55 AM  
Deborah said…
These are great. Wonderful gestures and I really like the washes you colored them with.
March 30, 2007 7:04 AM  
Karen said…
Nice job with these, Ronell. The monochrome wash really works great.
March 30, 2007 4:05 PM  
Jana Bouc said…
I really like this style with the monochrome washes. They’re quite lively and expressive.
March 30, 2007 8:46 PM  
Emma Pod said…
Very nice sketches and washes. They guy with the glasses looks a bit like Clint Eastwood! Dontcha think??
March 30, 2007 8:54 PM  
Carole said…
I also like these, especially the chap with the dark glasses. I was going to ask how you did the wash on site, but you’ve answered my question if you added them afterwards. They do work well.
March 30, 2007 9:57 PM  
Felicity said…
It’s wonderful when EDMers meet up! I’m going to Google Amboise and see where you are. Lovely sketches, I love that monchrome wash effect!
March 31, 2007 10:17 AM  
MrsSnowy said…
Terrific sketches – and so many of them for one outing. Just lovely. Have you tried using a waterpen for washes on location. If you sketch with a non-waterproof pen you can just drag the water over the lines to create the wash.
April 1, 2007 11:11 AM  
Fanta said…
Wonderful, Ronell.
April 1, 2007 10:40 PM  
Fanta said…
There’s a broken link in Casey’s address. Try copying this into your address bar: It should take you there.
April 1, 2007 10:49 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for the lovely comments, everybody…
Fanta…I fixed the link to Casey, I think it works OK now, thanks..

A bowl is a bowl…is a bowl

According to most dictionaries a bowl is a round container, wider than it is deep and holds foods or fluids….That is apart from all the other meanings…shapes, sports, etc. So I took to searching my house for bowls. There are many. But then I also found other “containers” which I find have no boundaries in terms of their function.
I often use this big platter for meat dishes, salads, but I have also used it as a bowl, since it is just deep enough to prevent sauces from dripping over the sides…platter…or bowl?


Next I thought of, was my mother’s silver sugar container, I now use as a spoonholder. Since I grew up never asking :” Please pass the sugarpot/caddy/bowl”, but simply: “Pass the sugar”, I still don’t know what it really is, and should I now maybe ask to be passed the spoonbowl?


The third find in my home was the bird bath. Although it is frequented now by the birds for bathing and our cats for drinking, it did in its newly bought years serve us humans of the house well as a fruit bowl al fresco style.


Birdbath, spoonholder, platter, bowl…it is all in the eye of the beholder.


karen said…
Very nice line and wash, Ronell!
March 19, 2007 10:10 PM  
phthaloblu said…
These are really nice! Great job!
March 19, 2007 10:15 PM  
Teri C said…
Really nice bowls! You did a great on all the bowls.
March 19, 2007 11:04 PM  
Linda said…
Great, great, and great! Wonderful highlights, which makes them just zing! 🙂
March 20, 2007 1:02 AM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
osh these are good but I especially love the top one. It’s funny how you can see the skill involved more clearly in the most simple of images. Gorgeous. What medium did you use?
March 20, 2007 2:30 AM  
SCquiltaddict said…
Very nice work…love the wash
March 20, 2007 3:00 AM  
Christeen said…
These are so beautiful- nice work!
March 20, 2007 5:07 AM  
Sydney Harper said…
Nicely done! They are all lovely but my favorite is the third one.
March 20, 2007 5:32 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for all the wonderful comments..
Andrea, my mediums were pen and just plain old black watercolor.
March 20, 2007 8:33 AM  
caseytoussaint said…
wow, you’ve been busy! I love these ink and wash drawings you’ve been doing – I agree with Andrea – they’re all really good, but the first one is a stunner!
March 20, 2007 8:58 AM  
Emma Pod said…
These are all beautiful! It’s amazing what can be done with variations of just one color.
March 20, 2007 7:43 PM  
Lin said…
GORGEOUS! Those washes are just scrumptiously done!! BRAVA!
March 20, 2007 9:52 PM  
aPugsLife-laserone said…
Beautiful Bowls! There’s just something about the first one, the simple one, that I really like. 🙂
March 20, 2007 10:30 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thanks again for the encouraging comments…they really inspire me to keep working at it!
March 20, 2007 11:08 PM  
Deb Salter said…
Your use of wash is just magical!
March 21, 2007 5:28 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you, Deb…”magical” does make my heart go completely wild!
March 21, 2007 8:36 PM  
“Maggie” said…
I just love this sketch of the spoon bowl-beautiful. I have one too sitting on my table filled with silver spoons we use every day.