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In a sketching phase.

I am in a sketching phase. And especially scenes, not things or objects. Scenes like buildings and architecture, streets, les places, small shops. I don’t think I’m particularly good at these type of “scenes”, but I’m having fun!   I sometimes feel I will never be a proper artist. I  feel too much  like a changeling for I have too many phases. Maybe it is the winter.  Or the atmosphere in the streets, the lights coming from buildings, the reflection of streetlamps…how can I work alone in my atelier when there is the smell of coffee and hot chocolate in the bars, the intimate talks around candles, the festivity of people with shopping bags in the streets, the  creeping deeper into your woolen hat and coat…

Some last sketches from Paris: The first from le jardin du luxembourg with its hordes of trees and chairs.

…trees in jardin du luxembourg…

…a corner of st Sulpice and a sentier off rue des archives

la fontaine de st. sulpice

All sketches done in pen/pencil and watercolour in sketchbook (15.3x25cm)

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22 responses

  1. sue

    Not to worry–I’d say you’re a proper artist, all right! These are marvelous, Ronell! Happy holidays!

    November 25, 2009 at 7:07 pm

  2. Gwendolyn

    My first visit to Paris was in November, and my first strong memory (other than the Metro and Cluny) was the Jardin du Luxembourg… I fell in love!

    You caught the feeling!

    And you ARE an artist!

    November 25, 2009 at 7:54 pm

  3. hfm

    Great work, love them!

    November 25, 2009 at 8:01 pm

  4. Oh but you are an artist Ronell. You’re responding to the seasons, moods, events, and the things around you. It doesn’t really matter if you’re out painting in the streets enjoying coffee and other pleasures or in your studio working more contemplatively, all those things are worth translating on to paper with your own unique vision. Yes, you sure are an artist!

    November 25, 2009 at 10:16 pm

  5. judybecklobos

    It’s so fun to see Paris through your eyes Ronell — love them all!

    November 26, 2009 at 1:54 am

  6. dinahmow

    The charm of the casual often says much more than a serious “proper” painting.

    [And thankyou for your comment at my place. I'm afraid Rusty came to end of his days. And I'll have an update (maybe tomorrow) on that picture. ]

    November 26, 2009 at 8:20 am

  7. These are fantastic. I love your lines wiggly or not. I recognize places and feel good. Amazing way of doing the fountain! I would have been totally overwhelmed!

    November 26, 2009 at 8:32 am

  8. oh you are!

    you have a curious mind, which is a very very good thing – exploring and looking :>)

    these are lovely and expressive

    November 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

  9. gretha kemp

    There is such an easy casual atmosphere to your sketches,I just love it!

    November 26, 2009 at 9:48 am

  10. Maree

    Don’t you think the sketching phase is great Ronnell? I’m also enjoying that at the moment, stopping and sketching scenes and some from memory – I’m using the 21cm x 13cm Moleskine at the moment, but also just got the new A$ Moleskine, absolute bliss!

    November 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm

  11. Maree

    Don’t you think the sketching phase is great Ronnell? I’m also enjoying that at the moment, stopping and sketching scenes and some from memory – I’m using the 21cm x 13cm Moleskine at the moment, but also just got the new A4 Moleskine, absolute bliss!

    November 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm

  12. annie

    Your “changeling” feeling is just part of your being an artist and a creative person, Ronell. As 11 people have already found, today, your responsiveness to life around you and the vivid sketches that arise from it, pick us up and plunk us right down in the middle of France. You really brighten our lives. Thank you, again.
    annie

    November 26, 2009 at 7:42 pm

  13. I enjoyed roaming through your recent sketches from Paris. I love the one of the fountain…you captured the moving water so well! I’m jealous that you are so close to Paris that you can just drop in. I spent a good part of yesterday reliving my trip to France because it was Thanksgiving here in the USA and I was showing my paintings and photos of the trip to family I hadn’t seen since our return. Then I came here and feel like I’m strolling around Paris again. Thanks!

    November 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm

  14. benedictedelachanal

    Beautiful,
    une belle promenade dans Paris, merci!

    Thank you also for showing your new sketching backpack and stool. I am always looking to find a practical one and never taught of fishing stores .

    November 27, 2009 at 7:26 pm

  15. Pat

    I love your sketches and appreciate your present mood. Have fun.
    Hugs
    pat

    November 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm

  16. I love your “scenes”. Your stuff is always so lively and carefree!

    November 28, 2009 at 2:06 am

  17. I love these sketches–they capture a special feeling.

    November 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

  18. These are so delightful! I love your lines — so free and playful and expressive.

    November 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

  19. Thanks everybody, I really appreciate the time and affort to pass by and leave an encouraging comment!
    Ronelle

    November 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  20. oh, your scenes are lovely … really lovely. It probably happens because you are loving what you are doing.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm

  21. These are lovely, Ronelle, filled with energy and beautiful color. The water in la fontaine de st. sulpice is perfect! I sketched several fountains this summer and always struggled with the falling water. You make it look so natural and easy.

    December 6, 2009 at 12:20 am

  22. They are wonderful!

    December 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm

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