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Mercedes – White and Black

Mercedes Elegance

If you grew up in the same generation that I did, you will probably recall stories told by your grandparents of horse-drawn wagons, or the purchase of the first ever family automobile.  My children would consider horse-drawn wagon rides a novelty, and purchasing a car is something everyone does.  As the stories of four-legged transportation slowly fade away, it is nice to remember some of the early generations of automobiles.

Mercedes Museum, Stuttgart

White Charcoal on Black Paper

Mercedes (17″ x 12″)

This white on black drawing was inspired by a recent trip to the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.  The old Mercedes car will not be found burning down the autobahn, but it is still a car lover’s delight.  Simple yet elegant, I find this car more visually appealing than the modern car.

 

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Depictions of Europe – Würzburg Statue and Residence

This past summer was filled with many great moments and captivating visuals.  Infused with rich artistry, Würzburg was by far, one of my favorite places to visit.  In front of the Würzburg residence, stands an ornate water fountain, depicting the poet, the wood-carver, and the painter.

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The Painter – Mathias Grünewald

Charcoal

The five weeks I spent in Europe seem like a blur, it all happened too fast.  It is now that I find myself retaking this trip as I journey through the photographs, sketches, and journals (so glad I kept a journal).  Although Würzburg is not where our journey began in Europe, it is the place that has left the greatest visual impression.   Behind the ornate fountain with its lifelike sculptures, and behind the doors of the Residence of the Prince, lies a vast collection of some of the most beautiful pieces of art that I have ever seen.

It would be safe to say, that the most amazing work of art I have experienced would be Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s staircase hall fresco. Tiepolo’s ability to use the lighting and spatial conditions of the grand-staircase hall only accentuates his mastery of perspective, color, and composition. Seamlessly Tiepolo ties together depictions of four continents into one continuous frieze.  Beyond this staircase masterpiece are rooms filled with stunning workmanship.  This is one of those places where the grandeur must be experience in order to understand its true brilliance.

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Utenbach Charcoal Horse

“I have learned that what I have not drawn I have not really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.”

-Fredrick Franck

There is such beauty in the things of this world, and when I take the time to slow down and really look at them I am amazed at the intricacies.  I think when I draw, I am actually making more mental connections to the things my brain sees.  Fun!

Utenbach Horse22×30 Charcoal Horse – Utenbach, Germany

There is something freeing about doing a larger scale drawing, especially with charcoal. For me it feels like all the senses are being awakened as life’s worries and tensions begin to melt away.

Recently I came across art paper rolls (over sized paper); I could go even bigger.  I wonder if my family would mind a wall taken over by paper and charcoal.  It could be custom wall paper. Hmm, who knows what the future holds?

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Art in Dresden, Germany

Baroque architecture, frescos, sculptures, old master paintings, and breathtaking scenery make Dresden a fascinating city to visit.  Everywhere you look, or turn, there is art.  In some ways it is almost overwhelming and difficult to take it all in.   I don’t know what it is, but there is something to the Renaissance (and Baroque) periods of art that “draw” me in…hmmm, I’ll have to think about that.

I have many favorites when it comes to Dresden, too many to blog about. 🙂 The top two for me would be the Procession of Dukes, and the Old Masters Museum.

Procession of Dukes

This amazing wall mosaic is 102 meters long and has 25,000 porcelain tiles – making it the largest porcelain mosaic in the world. There are 93 figures in the mural including 35 rulers from the house of Wettin.  The original mural created by Wilhelm Walther used sgraffito technique, but because of weathering damage it was then transferred to Meissen porcelain tiles.

Alte Meister Gallery (Old Masters)

Located in the Zwinger Palace is the Old Masters Gallery.  I could spend days, possibly weeks/months, in this gallery.  Loaded with art from Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Delft and two of my favorites Titian and Raphael, can you blame me? 🙂

Raphael’s Sistine Madonna

This masterful oil painting is a lot of fun to study.  In the middle, of course, Madonna holding the Christ Child.  On either side of Madonna are two saints, Saint Sixtus and Saint Barbara.   Painted in the clouds are dozens of cherubs.  I have to admit it took me a while to notice them.  Have a closer look – Cloud Cherubs.  The winged cherubs at the bottom of the painting are probably the most recognizable.  Take a close look at the expression on Mary’s face – I wonder what she was thinking? …and the feel of the clouds…   🙂