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Last weekend, when I went to the American Museum of Natural History, I had a sit-down (much to the excitement of the masses of schoolkids wandering through the building) to do this painting of these taxidermied Bison. It was a challenge to do a small watercolor painting of such a large visual, especially with the distractions of the museum around. I find this one quite a success.
After having not taken up the watercolors for a few weeks, I braved them again with this fruity still-life. I mostly focussed on the drawing, which is my excuse for explaining why the colors are so washed out. If I were to do this again, I would try to get the brightness of the apple to shine more. Perhaps it would work nicely in oils, from which I appear to be taking a break, currently.
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I’ve been wanting to do more drawing practice recently, as I am feeling a bit rusty with regards to drawing; it’s not needed for papercutting or metal sculpture. So I went back to one of my oldest tools – drawing something that’s upside down. This is supposed to work especially well for human faces. In this case, it came out a bit warped. Very interesting. I kind of like it, though I may tweak the colors a bit before I call it done.
Seen from above, this is Fritz, one of Else’s cats, relaxing on a green chair and leaning on a white pillow, with natural light coming in through windows to the right. It’s an unusual angle from which to see a cat.
These two small paintings are of the Berlin cityscape as I saw it last month from the top of the Reichstag, the parliament building. In one, you can see the Fernsehturm (TV tower) which has been painted as a football. In the other is one of the Reichstag’s four towers, with the German flag flying. And clouds.
Fernsehturm (TV tower)
Tower with Flag
These two small paintings are from references photos I took while in south Germany visiting my “grandmother” Else. The first is of these huge, solid-looking clouds of which I saw so many while there; they were quite captivating. The other is of a field covered with little yellow flowers with a white horse hiding in it.
Here are today’s two paintings:
Clouds in Traifelberg
Field with Flowers and Horse
While I was staying with Else, in Traifelberg, I did two small plein air paintings. It was quite chilly, so I only had a little while before my fingers got too cold to paint any longer. One is of the wall of her house, with a red flower, and the other is of a tree-lined road near her house, looking towards the mountains.