A few months back I took lunch at the Disney Hotel. After eating a wonderful meal of Peking Duck I took a seat in the main lobby and drew this picture. I thought that it would be a quiet place to rest since it was mid-afternoon, but the Guests kept coming in by the bus load one after the other. I quickly sketched out the scene and gave up my seat to whoever could get to it first.
What can I say: we’ve been absolutely blessed this trip with beautiful weather. Today’s forecast was for thunderstorms and overcast. So I rented a bike and headed out on a 35k ride around the Bodensee Lake near Fussen. About halfway around I stopped to picnic on fresh berries and cheese. I painted this picture of the lake and mountains ad got a decent sunburn.
It was raining and chilly this morning. I didn’t pack my watercolors because the forecast called for thunderstorms. But that didn’t happen. It was a fantastic day with bright blue skies and Big puffy clouds. I sketched this landscape at the top of a nearby mountain top overlooking all of Southern Germany.
When I came down from the mountain I visited Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castles. It was very crowded and not all that pleasant. I drew this while waiting for the bus.
Munich is one more spectacular city in Germany. The river was a great spot to rest after sightseeing and I was very happy to find such a cool and shady place to soak my feet.
I finished my drawing and went to eat lunch near the National Theatre.
Today the weather was perfect:lower 20s and Big puffy clouds. My wife and I celebrated 22 years together by renting a couple of bicycles and heading through Regensburg to follow the Danube west into the country. The ride was wonderful; crossing over small bridges and cutting through barley fields. I did a quick painting of sunflowers and later stopped at a small dock to paint a chapel on the other side of the river. Wedding bells rang out while I sketched. We have something in common with the newlyweds and wish them a happy 22 years together, too.
Today has been been a very cool 9C and drizzling rain. Perfect for someone escaping the heat of Hong Kong. I stopped at St. Peter and got there in time fore a short sermon and pipe organ music. Really set the mood for relaxing and sketching even though I didn’t understand a word.
I am so happy to be back in Germany for the summer. I landed in Frankfurt this morning to a very comfortable 9C. So much better than the 34+ that Hong Kong has been experiencing.
I went straight from the plane to the train and was checking my luggage a couple of hours later. Nuremberg center city was just a ten minute walk away. I always wander with no agenda and let random chance play a leading role in my journey. So I was surprised and pleased to round a corner to see this work of art in the New Museum Plaza. I ordered coffee and drew this picture.