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August sketching 14: a red roof in Beaulieu

My august sketching have slipped a little from under me and I lost a few days. The constant rain we’ve been having added to the difficulty of getting out. today’s sketch is just a large simple house  with a impressive red tiled roof…I love these red roofs..

..a red roof in Beaulieu..

watercolor and Prera pilot fountain pen in S&B sketchbook

a red roof in Beaulieu

à demain

Ronelle


Montgolfière en France

I’ve had the exciting opportunity recently to go hot air ballooning in Fontainebleau. We took off on the grounds of the chateau and landed some hours later in a farmer’s field. We were treated to champagne by candlelight after landing which couldn’t have been more perfect!

I did two sketches from photos afterwards. I didn’t even consider sketching there, I was too afraid of being left behind, because once the balloon was up and billowing, there was no time for fancy stuff. It was grab your legs and climb that basket. Besides it is far more exciting watching the balloon lift and blow and bulge.

If you’re interested in seeing some pictures you can go to Myfrenchkitchen, where I’ve put up some pics of the whole process and the trip, the amazing sunset, smooth landing and our great crew.

Both these sketches were done on Fabriano artistico block(30x23cm) with pen and watercolour.

…stretching the toile

…almost there…


I would simply have to snap my finger and…

…. strawberries would always be in season…

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 ….chocolates would never make you fat…

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 ….aspararagus would be available all year round….

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…. onions wouldn’t give you a smelly breath…

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 ….coffee would be considered a health food…

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 ….my purse would always have money in it…

….my house could self-clean by the push of a button…

….I would have a chauffeur to drive me where I want….

….I would never again have to fly economy class…

In a perfect world, I suppose I would never have to snap my finger…

🙂 Silvia said…
Great ideas – and wonderful paintings!
April 2, 2007 5:30 PM  
jill said…
i am right there w/ you on these things. way to go! great way to look at the challenge and achieve!
April 2, 2007 5:48 PM  
platitudinal said…
Oh, Ronell, I pray for your perfect world to materialize. Then, I’ll come a knockin’ and a beggin’ for you to let me in. Everything look so delicious, even the onion! Superb paintings.~Luci.
April 2, 2007 5:54 PM  
Carole said…
What lovely loose watercolour illustrations! I like your perfect world, too.Those lifedrawings are impressive as well. Your lines are so sure and cleanly drawn. Must take years of practice to achieve.
April 2, 2007 6:47 PM  
Teri C said…
WONDERFUL!!! I love every painting and every word you said!! Ronell for President!!
April 2, 2007 7:07 PM  
nik said…
Ronell, your paintings are fantastic. I love the box of strawberries. What watercolor brand do you use?
April 2, 2007 7:07 PM  
Lin said…
OH MY GOSH!!! I SO AGREE — AND TO ADD TO THIS FANTASTIC SNAPPING OF WISHES — I’D ADD — TO SKETCH AND PAINT AS WONDERFUL AS YOU!!! GLORIOUS SKETCHES!!!!
April 2, 2007 7:11 PM  
MrsSnowy said…
Oh, I wish these were mine! Fantastic – and the final tea is just beautiful, Ronell.
April 2, 2007 8:53 PM  
MrsSnowy said…
Sorry! It was coffee not tea. And I agree about economy class travel – from Italy to Australia is about as bad as it can get!
April 2, 2007 8:55 PM  
caseytoussaint said…
What a great post, Ronell! I agree with you about everything, and these paintings are really marvelous.
April 2, 2007 9:00 PM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for all the lovely comments, everybody..
Nik, I’m almost embarressed to confess – I don’t have a specific brand of watercolor…I use everything that is on the market, so I have half pans and tubes and full pans of this and that and there isn’t one that I can say I truly don’t like or particularly prefer. When a color is finished, I just replace it by whatever I feel like buying when I’m in the store…not very artist-like, I suppose, sorry..!I do favor Arches and Fabriano papers though.
You are actully spot on, Robyn, it is Rooibosch tea in the last image(which is ironically, a very healthy tea!!) but I was too lazy to draw the coffee and I WANTED coffee on the list, so I just used this image…forgive me for cheating there!
Ronell
April 2, 2007 10:45 PM  
gabi campanario said…
very clever concept for ‘snap’ and great watercolors, love the light and brightness of the strawberries
April 2, 2007 10:56 PM  
Emma Pod said…
Really wonderful paintings! I especially like the asparagus. I love your ideas…could we have someone do our exercises for us too??
April 2, 2007 11:36 PM  
Kristin Saegaert said…
I’m all for the self cleaning house! And I love your illustrations – wonderful watercolors and drawings! Very interesting – every one of them! Thanks for sharing your creativity!
April 2, 2007 11:36 PM  
Alison said…
This is a lovely set – great idea for the topic. An inspiring blog.
April 3, 2007 1:11 AM  
Felicity said…
Beautiful paintings! So lovely and juicy looking!Can you read my mind – this could almost be my list! And is that Lindt chocolate?
April 3, 2007 9:46 AM  
why said…
these are beautiful!!
April 3, 2007 4:15 PM  
Sandy said…
Oh – Please let it be so!!!! Great post and I love your whole blog!!
April 3, 2007 5:22 PM  
martha said…
….and I could spend all day sketching! Wonderful drawings; you have a great touch with watercolor.
April 3, 2007 10:08 PM  
Susan Cornelis said…
Oh! You’re making me so hungry. I think you’ve manifested the perfect world by painting it.
April 3, 2007 10:41 PM  
Peceli and Wendy’s Blog said…
Discovered your blog today. What a prolific artist you are – with such fresh paintings of everyday subjects and your life drawings are so animated with great poses.
Lovely work.
w.
April 4, 2007 3:32 AM  
Africantapestry said…
Thank you for the lovely comments everybody, once again, I appreciate the time you take to comment here. Thanks
Ronell
April 4, 2007 9:08 PM  
Jana Bouc said…
Spectacular. I’m just loving these collections of words and pictures. Great work!
April 6, 2007 7:39 AM  
andrea joseph’s sketchblog said…
Wow Ronell,
these are absolutely stunning. I’m in awe. The lovely loose style, the colours are fantastic – just all of it really!
My own favourites; the onions, I just love the way you can almost feel that papery skin, amazing. The bottom one is just brilliant too, as well as the asparagus……
April 6, 2007 11:25 AM  
ksklein said…
May I join your perfect world? 🙂