Thursday, May 17, 2007

Some odd sketches

Today is an odd day. The weather is odd. I feel odd. I had two odd migraine attacks in a week, normally I'll have two in a year. In an odd way I don't feel like doing any art. So I just chose some odd subjects. I did these all in my moleskine, which felt odd after a long time of not using it. And I used odd colors. Ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, raw umber and payne's grey. For no specific reason, my eyes just fell on them. In order to do some of these subjects, I had to twist my body oddly to see them, since I refused to get out of my "comfort zone"...

Ten to twelve...it's an odd clock, it can't be trusted.



An old pitcher with an old, hand crocheted "doily" from my mom's kitchen, frequently used to keep out the odd insect.



An old candy bowl, now used to hold old porcelain pieces I pick up everywhere. Many of them were dug up when we established our garden. It's a habit I learnt from a good friend in SA many years ago and we both still do. I miss her on this odd day. There is always a piece of old porcelain lying around on the ground, telling a story of times long past.

Ostrich eggs, straight from the farm. Odd bird, the ostrich; quick and vicious despite its calm looks.

Just a lamp, nothing odd about it.

25 comments:

Dave said...

You set yourself an interesting challenge! I think my favourite is the lamp, though they're all good.

mARTa said...

ah Ronelle, oddly beautiful...all of them! I suffer from migraines as well...about 4 to 8 a month...I understand the odd.

Robyn said...

Odd is nice - very Alice in Wonderland. I like this odd palette. Lovely sketches, the milk jug cover with the beads took me back to my grandmother. She had crochet with beads over everything, even dangling lamp shades. To me it was like Aladdin's Cave.

Lin said...

Ronell -- I LOVE your limited palette use - it looks great!! And even feeling odd-your work is still divine!!!

Tonniece said...

Migraine, and not in a mood to do any art.........and still here are five great sketches. Although they are all super I like the eggs and the lamp.

Teri C said...

You even manage to have great stuff when having an odd day! Maybe odd is good. Hope those migraines go somewhere else.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Great work all of them, but I'm sold on "ten to twelve". I love the composition and the colors... and the line... Great work.

Jeanette said...

Wow! So beautiful...I will definitely come back! Soon!

Sandy said...

Oh how I love your loose, light touch - Just Great , all of them!

Stacy said...

I really like your "odd" sketches and how the palette ties them all together in a set. My favorite is the lamp, something in the way the paint flowed. Odd explaination, I know. Your description of how each item was odd was much better. :)

shirley said...

These are lovely - so many wonderful reflections.

Lindsay said...

Odd how I just happened to drop by! I, for one am really glad you shared your odd day. These are poinent (sp) and sweet.

Brenda Y said...

They may be odd to you, but to me they are exquisite!! You have such a wonderfully loose and fluid style and the limited palette is fantastic (something I've been working on lately too!) I love the idea of collecting odd pieces of porcelain and putting them in a jar. I do hope you get over your odd feeling and your migraines.

caseytoussaint said...

Ronell, these are wonderful - I really love the clock and candlesticks, and as Brenda says, the limited palette works beautifully. I hope you feel better, I've been worried about you....

Rebel Alliance said...

nice drawings... congratulations!

platitudinal said...

These sketches are lovely. They truly capture the beauty of every day. There’s peace and serenity in them. I hope those elements color your days, and less odd days frequent your doorstep.

Carole said...

I do love the way you turn your everyday life into these quirky writings and beautiful moody sketches. I like that colour palette and the slightly out of focus look about the sketches.

I hope you are feeling better.

martha said...

These are fantastic! I can only aspire to such looseness and juicy color.

ksklein said...

actually all the odd stuff turned out to be really good.

Emma Pod said...

These are all beautiful odd things! You did an especially nice job on the glass objects. I hope you are feeling better!

Africantapestry said...

thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!
ronell

Laureline said...

Wonderful collection of oddments! It's really fun to see your mind working, the way you string together your sketch vignettes!

Fanta said...

The eggs are just wonderful. But so are the glass containers. How on Earth can you make them look so lively, shiny, airy and beautiful???? You have a real talent there.

Jana Bouc said...

What a feast for the eyes! I like the candlesticks and eggs the best.

austin said...

I'm drawn to burnt sienna and clocks so this painting is one I would love to posses. The colour combo is very calming so I use these as often as possible in my home. I find them soothing. Your "odd sketches" are moving.