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Scissors

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….

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6 comments:

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.
Sandy
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!

A Peppery shake

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This is my first contribution to EDM. I couldn’t find a single pepper or salt shaker in our home, since we’ve always used milled salt and pepper. In fact, I have such a huge variety of different salts and peppers…but before you think I’ve completely lost it; besides art, one of my other passions is cooking, so having al these different salts is nothing strange. For everyday cooking, I do what my mom used to do – a pinch of salt from the salt jar next to the stove, which holds grey sea salt. For table use, we have the wonderful Fleur de sel. For special occasions I would splash out with some delicate Maldon salt flakes and just for the kick of it, I would also use Kosher salt that my husband brings me all the way from South Carolina every once or so. And everyday and everywhere we’ll use the mill with the pink himalayan salt, which is apparently very healthy, but I have to admit, I choose it more for the looks! As for pepper, pretty much the same thing. The big wooden mill I use with big fanfare in the kitchen, then we have several smaller mills which I fill up with different peppers, depending on the meal and occasion; softer, mixed peppers, and a big favorite lately, the powerful Chichuan pepper(which is actually not a true pepper). So, here I am with all my salts and peppers and first drawing and very shaky legs(because of my first entry into this very talented and efficient and spontaneous group)…

I am so new to this blog-thing, so If I mess up or take more space than I ought to, or invade or whatever the case, I apologize…to be honest, I have saved this post almost 15 times as a draft, before I finally published it!

This was done with a brush pen and watercolor on watercolor paper.

Ronell

Casey said…
This is really lovely Ronell – a departure from your usual style! It has a stylized quality that would look great as a cookbook illustration.
February 5, 2007 12:29 PM  
Brenda Y said…
Welcome to EDM! What a fabulous blog you’ve got here!! Your artwork is very lovely; I love the look of wood texture you have captured on the pepper mill. I agree with Casey, this would make a lovely illustration in a cookbook.
February 7, 2007 7:16 PM  
Renate said…
I feel so poor now. With only one sort of pepper and salt …
Great start for blogging. The scissor painting is gorgeous!