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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.

Something tart

The Cape gooseberry(Physalis) is one of my favorite fruits..I love the delicacy of the leaves , transparent, like the wings of a butterfly. The berry itself is quite insignificant in taste, rather tart. Back in SA, I had a friend who grew them on her farm and we would pick armsful, stuff ourselves along the way and return home to make jams and chutneys and whatever else we could think of. For decoration, they are wonderful and just kissed with a touch of gold leaf, they can turn any dessert into a visual delight.I first sketched sort of a thumbnail in my sketchbook(the second drawing); just playing around with composition and color and values etc, and then did a more complete one, which of course, completely turned out overworked and stiff with no visual interest. This happens far more than I would like…too often my planning looks so much better than my final attempt, when”Thinking” comes into play then, it seems




Jana Bouc said…
Great stuff on your blog. You have a wonderful and lively sense of composition. Your sketches are great–so expressive and your watercolors are just delightful. I’m so glad you commented on my blog leading me to your site. I’ll be back!
February 13, 2007 4:40 PM  
Renate said…
Gorgeous paintings! Though I really like both versions, I prefer the more sketchy one. (aka the one you did first).
Oh, and have a great time!
February 13, 2007 5:03 PM  
ksklein said…
i couldn´t decide between the two. i like them both. the physalis is also called Lampionfrucht here in germany. that means lampion fruit. 🙂
February 13, 2007 8:04 PM  
Casey said…
I like them both, Ronell, but I think I prefer the quick sketch as well. It’s hard to reproduce that spontaneity in a second try!
February 13, 2007 9:05 PM  
aPugsLife said…
Very nice! Have u ever seen this photo of a Physalis?
Physalis and drops
It was very popular on flickr, and one of my fav. photos. 🙂
February 14, 2007 12:03 PM  
gabi campanario said…
you’re right, it’s often hard to replicate the spontaneity of a sketch when you set yourself to do a ‘final’. i’m trying to tell myself everything i draw is a ‘final’ to avoid that. but it’s still hard. great stuff in your blog, have a good trip to SA

Crash Ill. Fr.

 It seems to be hard work to have a cat and even harder to be one!

Graphite on paper


Casey said…
Wow, this is incredible. Did you draw from life or a photograph? I really love it.
February 12, 2007 5:57 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Hi Casey, this was done a while ago, when Tokala was still a kitten, maybe a little over a year ago? They were asleep on the couch and I had ample time to indulge. I dug it up yesterday when the “Crash” assignment came up and did rework it a bit..making the values more distinct/darker, using 9B Monolith. Thanks for your nice comment!
February 13, 2007 9:26 AM  
Sandy said…
This is beautiful Ronell.I just noticed you linked me..thank you so much.

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!

Sprout – Ill. Fr.


I chose the Brussel sprout, but now it looks more like a broccoli to me. Well, they’re both green and healthy….

Watercolor on paper




Nina Johansson said…
Hi, welcome to the EDM! Love your drawings and paintings, they are great! Hope to see more of your work in the future!
February 7, 2007 6:41 PM  
Casey said…
Ronell, this is absolutely stunning! I love all the work you’ve posted here, but this is my favorite.
February 7, 2007 7:24 PM  
Kunya said…
Hello, welcome to EDM. Lovely watercolors.
February 7, 2007 9:15 PM  
Christeen said…
HIya, welcome to EDM- I really like your paintings, and this sprout is my favorite 🙂 Hope to see more!
February 7, 2007 10:35 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for your warm welcome and the kind comments;I feel like it’s Christmas and I’m receiving one great gift after another!
February 7, 2007 11:01 PM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Wow this is such a great drawing. love the composition. The fork is just great. Fabulous and welcome! I look forward to seeing more.
February 8, 2007 12:19 AM  
Sandy said…
I’m so glad I found your blog..I am loving ALL your art work.. sandy


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!