Rainbow moments returned.

Voici my sketchbook which returned a while back. Once all the books have been received, Lindsay will end off our project.

Thank you for such a rich collection of art! And see you all next year, same time same place?

(I apologize for the bad quality. The pics themselves are fine, but the moment they load onto slide, they start blurring, even though I tried tochange and adapt the size how many times!)

…take a moment…

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Robyn’s “Different strokes – book” in Montlouis.(with Ronell)

Robyn’s book, Different strokes, took off from Tuscany one sunny  day in May and this is how she sent it off…

…May in Tuscany…


After stopping at Casey, Nina, Glen, each adding their own colour and story written on the back, this is how it arrived here in Montlouis with the last pages done by Vivien.

…Vivien’s pages…

…close-ups…

…an extract from Vivien’s usual “story-notes”…

I’ll have to roam the chambers of my free spirit to come up with some interesting strokes to fill up my pages in this wonderfully  warm and inspiring book, all the while taking the cue from Robyn’s bee…Not to take myself too serious! And then off to Lindsay!

And lastly: Lindsay’s canoe is on its way home…

…Adieu!…


Nina and Vivien’s pages in Lindsay’s book, posted by Ronell.

In the previous post I posted their pages as part of the whole book and here are some close-ups of their stunning work.

I love “studying” every book I receive. First I browse from the back, like I would a magazine. Then I page from the front, thoroughly enjoying the visual stimulation and then I start reading what was written and all the linework and then I start studying: how did she get those magificent colours, how did she do that gradation, how did she put together that collage, what are these marks, how did she achieve that perfect line, how did she do those hightlights on the water…and when I finally send off the book, I am a “richer artist”!

I haven’t yet made any addition..I’m still “studying” and sleeping with Lindsay’s book under my pillow to have the inspiration seep into wherever it needs to be… The page I added in the previous post, was just a temporary loose page I quickly made to “present” Lindsay’s canoe.

…Nina’s pages…

…Vivien’s pages…

Captain’s log – Lindsay’s canoe, 2008

Absolutely in love with Lindsay’s “storybook”, with her permission, I bring you snippets of the adventures of her canoe up until where it rests at my(Ronell) place, waiting to turn back home. I’ll post close-ups of Vivien’s and Nina’s pages(which you haven’t seen yet) tomorrow.

Home -where I took off in May 2008

…Starting off from Chicago, US…

…First stop in Italy with Robyn, romantic waters of Venice…

…On to Casey in France, pausing by the the Chateau…

…Spending time with Nina in Northern Sweden…

…Surviving harsh storms in Glen’s England…

…Calm waters through the rest of England to Vivien…

…Anchoring at Ronell in France, turning back home…


Vivien’s art in Nina’s book – polychromatic behavior.

I’ll start off with a confession. I’ve had 2 books here in Montlouis for the past 2 days! I had Nina’s book and then Speedy Conzales(Vivien) caught me redhanded with Nina’s book still on my lap, when I received Casey’s book yesterday! But I can also be Speedy Conzales under the right circumstances and quickly completed my contribution in Nina’s book yesterday late afternoon and it is already on its way to Lindsay. It was actually fun to have two books on my table.

So here is what Vivien did in Nina’s stunning book…where Glen’s dramatic and atmosheric flowers ended, Vivien started with the complete opposite and did soft watercolour panels, depicting  cool summer morning, moonrise in winter, and the prospects of a “lovely day” on its way.

…cool summer morning…moonrise in winter…going to be a lovely day…

Then she went on to a more dramatic after the rain and sunset on a windy day.

…after the rain…sunset on a windy day…

Het last two panels were done in pencil, depicting a winter evening and approaching rain. And you’ll see the snippet I’ve added to continue my piece..I’ve decided to seek shelter in the jardin du Luxembourg in Paris from the “approaching rain”…

…evening in winter…approaching rain…jardin du Luxembourg…

They all have such a wonderful variety of colour and atmosphere…truly beautiful work Vivien!

Glen’s flowerbook is with Ronell.

I have finished my contribution in Glen’s flowerbook and will now send it off to Lindsay.

…cover…

…Intro pages 1,2,3,4 by Glen-a chinese garden… 

…Pages 5,6,7 by Vivien-autumn undergrowth and experiment with watercolor…

…Pages 8,9,10 by Ronell-une journée à la campagne…