Monday, August 22, 2011

Another Alsatian Sketch

Finally finished this sketch from our trip to Europe last June. This is another one from the Alsatian village of Kayserberg, France (birthplace of Albert Schweitzer BTW). The village became a favorite of ours. And there are no end to the things you could sketch. My only question is when will I ever be back there? Just thinking about it makes me miss Germany and France very much.

I was captivated by this wonderful fountain statue of Constantin. Can you imagine this was installed in 1521? I love the carving of the faces in the fountain. His beard is worth clicking on the pictures for a close up. Really cool.

That's Sandee in front of the fountain. We had a very nice day that day. Finishing the sketch brought back all of those wonderful memories of that day. Man, I miss it. Sketching does that for me.

By the way, the banner on this blog is a picture of me sketching this fountain. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Finally a sketch of Erasmus' Burial site.

I started this sketch back in May and finally finished it today. When we used to live in this part of the world I would go to the Basel Muenster and without fail I would take a few moment and go "visit" Erasmus. Finally, I got around to making a sketch of this favorite spot.

Here is my favorite Erasmus' quote:
"To be a schoolmaster is next to being a king. Do you count it lowly employment to imbue the minds of the young with the things of Christ and the best of literature and return them to their homes honest and virtuous persons? In the opinion of fools, it is a humble task; but in fact, it is the noblest of occupations." - Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536). 

If you are interested you can see other sketches from Basel by clicking the Basel link in the right column of my blog.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A sketch at The Broadmoor

For our anniversary Sandee and I spent several hours at The Broadmoor, walked around the place, had lunch, took photos, and then sat and soaked it all in and sketched. What a great way to unstring the bow. Thank you Lord for your creation. Thank you for blessing me with a wonderful wife.