Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Touches of yellow

I have nothing yellow in my garden. But I have white flowers with touches of yellow.
Two vignettes from the garden done in their setting, in bright sunlight.
A white Hemerocallis, the only one in flower.
Done in WC in moleskine. Click to enlarge.


I also have Feverfew(Chrysantemum parthenium), a small camomile-like white daisy with bright yellow centre. They make a wonderful display in the herb garden, and work wonders on a migraine, they self sow profusely and look beautiful picked by the armsful.
My goal with both these paintings was to keep them light and fresh by incorporating the white paper as part of the composition. With the feverfew, I used more "dabbing" of color, since that is how I perceive them in the garden.
Done in WC in moleskine. Click to enlarge.

28 comments:

Sharon said...

These are gorgeous! I really love the loose, simple style and colors mixed on the paper.

Kunya said...

Wow, what abeautiful work. I just bought some books about the work of Charles Reid. This paintings, especialy the first one, reminds me of the book. Great work.

Lynn said...

Oh my, these are lovely! I really like the fresh, spontaneous feel of these paintings. The feverfew are gorgeous.

Teri C said...

Definitly spontaneous, definitly loose and defintly WONDERFUL!!!

Jenny said...

My favorite is the first one though both a lovely, loose, and colorful.

Dave said...

Superb. The colours are lovely!

Lin said...

Ronnell -- fresh, lively, colorful, glorious -- all of this and more!! Your daylily is absolutely breathtaking!! I AM IN LOVE with the various hues within it -- and I too grow feverfew -- but never again -- I find it takes over too MUCH of the garden! GRAND JOB!!!!!!

bec said...

ooooh! I love these drawings.... I have lilies and feverfew also. I've got big bouquets all over the house. Question: how do you USE the feverfew for a migraine? make a tea and drink it? sniff the leaves? I'm interested in knowing...Thanks!
BEC

biteyourowntail said...

Lovely - I particularly like the way that blue makes the yellow sing in the second painting - makes me think of late summer, and lazy afternoons in the shade.

caseytoussaint said...

These are just wonderful - fresh and lively and full of color. I definitely see a resemblance to the lovely, loose florals of Charles Reid, although they are your own personal style. How do you find the time to et all this done? You've been so productive lately.

Regula Scheifele said...

lovely loose dreamy vibrant lively fresh...
WOW

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Oh my gosh!!! These are BEAUTIFUL Ronell.

Robyn said...

Beautiful dancing lines, sparkling white and a fairytale touch with the colours, Ronell. I long to paint so instinctively.

Africantapestry said...

Thank you for all the inpspiring comments..
Bec - I take infusions. Normally it is advised to dry the leaves, but I forget, so I just take two or three leaves and let them infuse for a thirty minutes. It is best to take the infusion regularly. You can chew the leaves, but apparently they easily cause mouth sores, so I have never tried that...
Robyn - you are a poet.
Ronell

Deborah said...

Ohh, these are so fresh and light! I love the techniques you used here. You must have a great garden.

Serena said...

Both are beautiful in their own right, Ronell. I love the loose, airy feel you have achieved and the splashes of colour are divine!

Lindsay said...

These last few sketches are so beau;tiful and fresh. They truley capture summer!

Sandy said...

I looked at them enlarged and they are so free flowing. So gorgeous. I would love to walk through your garden some day.wow.. Ronell, thanks for all your comments...they are appreciated... I just love coming here to see what you've been up to, when I'm out sweating in the dirt in my garden. haha. I keep thinking I want to go outside and paint but somehow it never works. How do you do it??

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Just lovely! Sure wish I had your talent.

tea
xo

Pequete said...

These are lovely, Africantapestry! I love your loose style and I wish I could paint as freely as you.

hfm said...

Great!

Tonniece said...

beautifully done Ronell. Light and fresh, very summery

phthaloblu said...

Simply gorgeous! All those colors and shadows and details. Well done!

Laureline said...

Happy, happy, loose and lively work! I LOVE them! You're so in your element!

Carole said...

Lovely colours, Ronell, particularly in the feverfew. I have tried chewing the leaves for a headache, but they tasted so rotten I think I preferred the headache.

janey said...

These are lovely sketches. So colorful and full of summer.

Fanta said...

Lovely, cheerful and extremely fresh! So well done.

luci said...

The flowers are lovely, Ronell. Chrysanthemum is my favorite flower. The florist wasn’t too happy when I insisted on chrysanthemums only bouquet for my wedding. It bothered his artistic taste, I think. I remembered he used variety of chrysanthemums, and feverfew was one of them. I’m happy to see the beautiful feverfew you painted.