In 2009, my wife and I took a 4 week sojourn to Europe, traveling to London, Paris, Anzex, Bayonne, Madrid, Barcelona, Interlaken, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Amsterdam and Brussels. It was an amazing experience and the museums and cities were an incredible art history lesson that can't be found in books.
|The Louvre. Paris, France|
|Paris, France. Sculpture study in pen|
|At the Louvre|
|Michelangelo's "Dying Slave". The Louvre|
| on our walk into the small French town of Casteljaloux, my wife and|
I saw this hurt deer on the side of the road.
|Anzex, France. Painting the fields at sunset|
|2 hour study from our hotel window in Bayonne, France.|
8" x 10" oil on wood panel
|sketch of a tree in Bayonne and a sleeping girl on the train to Madrid.|
|sketch of a John Singer Sargent's "Venetian Onion Seller"|
|Velasquez sketch at the Prado in Madrid.|
|statue of Diego Velasquez in pen. Madrid, Spain.|
| drawing of one of the cool Gaudi apartments|
in Barcelona, Spain.
|early attempt at a mountain watercolor study|
|sketch of the Alps from our apartment in Interlaken, Switzerland.|
|wall relief in Munich, Germany|
|hand studies from paintings by |
the Masters: Titian, Van Dyck , and Ribera.
|Daumier sculpture sketch in pen|
|One of Franz Xaver's expressive busts in Munich. He made about 69 amazingly |
expressive busts that were ahead of there time.
They went completely unnoticed until many years later.
|Lord Leighton statue in Munich, Germany|
|Prague has some of the most amazing |
Art Nouveau architecture /statues
|Greek statue in Vienna, Austria|
|morning sketch at a cafe in Prague|
|cupid statue study in Amsterdam|
|statue at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam|
|Ivy studies in the park in Amsterdam|
|street musician sketches in Amsterdam|
busts in pen at the National Portrait Gallery. London,
These are "master drawings" I did at night and on the trains during my trip to help me capture the rhythm and movement of lines from the drawings by great artists. This is a really beneficial exercise, copying the works of the Masters, because you learn to draw with the same beautiful lines and finish as they have and it inevitably begins to affect your own work.