I went back to the Birdpark today and managed to do a coloured study of
the Jackal buzzard. What beautiful birds they are! Attached aslo, a
failed attempt. It was a sunny but unusually cold and windy day today,
and wasn`t easy to work outdoors.
I spent few hours in a bird park close to Munich today, which is open
only over the weekend from April to November . I haven`t been there for
ages, this was actually my second visit in five years,, and I was
happily surprised to see bird species from all over the world. I
promised myself to go back with colours next time..
I spent few hours in the zoo today,looking after new models for a
drawing course I`m giving in the zoo next Saturday. I used mainly black
ballpoint pens and fineliners, but in case of the Indian elephant I
tried to combine two colours, orange & black..
There is a very interesting exhibition about the Canadian impressionists
in Munich and it`s really worth a visit! I spent there a couple of
hours with a good friend today and I must say I have to go back!
Attached, the only sketch I managed to finish today, a portrait of Jean
Baptiste Cholette painted by Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote, one of the
leading Canadian impressionists. I used a Staedtler ball point pen to do
it. Here is the Link to the exhibition: https://www.kunsthalle-muc.de/en/exhibition/details/canada/
new Tawny owl study painted on location in Nymphenburg park last Friday in
the morning. It was much hotter than expected and I had to battle
against waps and other annoying insects not to mention the sun...Gouache
colours on watercolour book
European bison bull study. Various fineliners & pens have been used to sketch it on toned paper. Attached also, a series of images showing the development of the drawing, changing tones and shape everytime I was adding a new layer.
European mole cricket, life study. An unusual subject for me....A friend
of mine found this impressive insect in his garden and brought it to
me. I`ve used a magnifying glass to study it and let it then free. The
painted image is three times the size of the original . Attached also an other study of a mole cricket I`ve painted from a dead specimen back in 1993
Attached this time,the sketches and a timelapse video of me while sketching a Przewalski
horse from life in the Munich zoo .It has been taken by my
daughter). Real time somewhat less than 10 minutes (turn off the voice
please!) There is a sketch of a Bactrian Camel and a Tarpan horse too..
finished a plate showing a Bonelli`s eagle "family". Female on the top,
male in the middle and juvenile in fresh plumage on the bottom.
Watercolours. Attached also the preliminary drawing to the plate.
Attached this time a commissioned watercolour I did lately and shows common swifts flying over the city of Berlin. There is also the preparatory sketch in b/w to be seen. I did some changes since the client wanted the birds to be smaller.
Attached this time some portraits I did from life yesterday in the afternoon among with other artists, in Hofgarten-Munich .
We had just 15 minutes to finish every portrait again , but I had to leave earlier, and managed to sketch just 5 portraits..