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Nostalgia

I am filled with nostalgia lately. I’ve already put up my Christmas tree, I remember people from long ago, I recall precious moments, I miss family and friends,  I long for the smell of the African bush, I dream of jeeps and khaki hats, I listen to the sounds of the wildlife on CD, I walk around in the house snorting like the rhino, growling in the voice of the lion at nighttime … I feel savage.

Maybe it started when I had to draw my pages in Robyn’s Different strokes in our FPP, and I thought of all the different strokes our lives produce in one lifetime. So I gave her one of my strokes…one of my dreams, one of my loves, one of my yearnings…

elephant

Done in charcoal, coloured pencils, watercolour pencils, white conté and a wash here and there.

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21 responses

  1. Wow, it is just beautiful and I can feel your longings in this painting.

    November 16, 2008 at 7:12 pm

  2. J’aime beaucoup la femme salvage! I can see you ‘prowling’ about the bush in your khakis. Moi, aussi j’adore les éléphants!
    I love this little mixed media piece of yours.

    November 16, 2008 at 7:57 pm

  3. What an interesting post! And a fantastic illustration!

    November 16, 2008 at 8:01 pm

  4. So beautifully drawn – you’ve caught that ancient, wise look perfectly, and yes, can sense your longing for the bush. Those FPs are amazing – what treasures!

    November 16, 2008 at 10:17 pm

  5. annie

    He is one Gorgeous Guy. Good to see him so large and full of life. As Cathy says, you have captured that “ancient, wise Look, perfectly.”
    annie

    November 16, 2008 at 11:02 pm

  6. I like this big, gray, hungry fellow! I imagine the scent of the African bush as dusty and fragrant with the scent of unknown wild herbs…

    November 17, 2008 at 12:31 am

  7. What a wonderful painting and nostalgic post. Gave me elephant sized goose bumps! Lisa

    November 17, 2008 at 3:01 am

  8. I love this elephant! He is wonderful and Robyn is so very lucky to have him in her book. I love the textures and here and there washes and his mouth full of food. Fabulous!

    November 17, 2008 at 3:54 am

  9. Magnificent! There is something compelling in the eye- just great!

    November 17, 2008 at 9:18 am

  10. Colette

    Ek stem saam…sien die verlange in jou weerga… ek stuur vir jou pic’s van ons noue ontkoming met ou grote in die bos …colxx

    November 17, 2008 at 10:05 am

  11. I knew this beautiful elephant was a special when I first saw him, now I’m hoping that he will work his magic on me when he arrives and I too will be snorting like the rhino and growling like the lion.

    Missing home and loved ones can bring one down and I’m particularly vulnerable at the moment as the grey winter rolls over all that was so recently warm and golden. But I’m not going to curl up and whimper – you’ve inspired me to roar and growl … and smile.

    Your drawings are treasures, Ronell and I’m thrilled they are for me.

    November 17, 2008 at 11:00 am

  12. WOW!!!!! this is fabulous – lucky Robyn!

    November 17, 2008 at 7:36 pm

  13. brilliant Ronell

    November 17, 2008 at 7:44 pm

  14. What a beautiful entry and drawing. The wise and sensitive elephant; he really seems to symbolize and capture what you have been feeling.

    November 18, 2008 at 1:01 am

  15. Wow–what a beautiful, powerful, yet serene elephant! I love this post!

    November 18, 2008 at 6:34 am

  16. caseytoussaint

    I love his kindly old eyes. This is delightful, Ronell.

    November 18, 2008 at 2:10 pm

  17. sandy

    Oh What a Glorious beast – I have never been to So. Africa but I can dream!!!

    November 19, 2008 at 3:05 am

  18. What a beautiful and soulful elephant. You write and draw so well Ronell.

    November 20, 2008 at 2:14 am

  19. thank you for everybody stopping by and leaving such gracious comments…much appreciated!
    Ronell

    November 20, 2008 at 6:54 pm

  20. Such a wonderful elephant, I love the texture you have captured. Thanks for visiting my blog recently, I have missed your comments. We have all gotten so busy, I miss the little visits from my online art friends, so dear to me too! I find I feel comfortable and welcome here, its is always so inviting.

    November 22, 2008 at 5:44 am

  21. Wonderful, craggy, wise-looking elephant

    November 26, 2008 at 10:08 am

Tthank you for your visit and comment, II appreciate it!

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