Friday, December 31, 2010

Sketchbook 2010 - Grado

Grado with Albert, and I managed to bring a lot of the freedome I gained in Rovijn into the work I did in Italy. This of course left less time to work in my sketchbook but I still managed to capture some images.
Aquilea, baptism chapel - I wish I could have spent more time there.
"Katharina!" In our minds we could hear the shouts of the drunk suitors who called the woman living on that little island in the laguna of Grado. As we were told the story she gave in after half an hour and picked them up by boat and brought them to her island. (the little hut to the left - the outhouse).

This year I also started to collect flowers and stick them into my sketchbook, another detail adding to the memories! Looking back over this year I painted and drew a lot, most of it brought about by my frustration at the beginning of 2010, because I broke my right arm and could not do anything for weeks. I hope next year will start better, I have a number of classes lined up to gain more freedom in my painting and drawing and hopefully find my unique voice in my artistically expression. Wishing you all a wonderfull Year 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sketchbook 2010 - Rovijn

Oh Rovijn! While I struggled tremendously with my paintings in Tuscany, Rovijn and my friend and teachers relaxed attituded gave me the freedom to take the step to the next level, which Albert, my professor, had predicted when I wanted to give up just a couple of months before.
This not only showed in my graphic work of that weekend (I gave up on watercolor after the first botched painting) but also in the loose and finally colorfull work in my sketchbook.
I not only produced numbers of big drawings but also filled page after page in my sketchbook.
New techniques, new drawing implements and - finally watercolor in my sketches.
While the composition still needs work, I still love the way I "just drew it" and can feel the sun burning on my back, my fingers sticky from the icecream two of the acompanying husbands brought for us all, I can hear the laughter and remember the jokes and all the stress from the weeks before christmas beginns to dissolve. For me that is so much more than just looking through the photos I also took (and always will).

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sketchbook 2010 - Tuscany

While I blogged about the paintings and drawings of my classes this year I just realized that I never showed images from my sketchbook. These last few days of the year are the perfect time for that. To be honest, travel sketchbooks are my love. It is such a wonderfull way of experiencing the area more intensively.

I loved visitin San Giminiano, which I only knew from the movie "Brother Sun and Sister Moon". I confused all of my travel companions with my enthusiasm, as non of them knew Zeffirelli's film.

I love my landscape sketchbook. If I think an image will be to high, I just draw on the diagonal, which, for me, adds interest and movement.
Sienna! I wish I would have had more time to sketch in the city as well and not just the view of the dome. Having read "Der Palio der toten Reiter" by Fruttero and Lucentini, I would have loved to spend some time there.