Friday Sketchbook: Copenhagen Zoo and a Night of Culture, Too

Muskox and hooded crows at Copenhagen Zoo. Watercolor over pencil, Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.

Muskox and hooded crows at Copenhagen Zoo. Watercolor over pencil, Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

At the Copenhagen Zoo today, drawing many new animals. The rainforest walkthrough was enchanting- rich and properly steamy with living plants and birds that displayed and sang. A good thing to see in a zoo.

Reindeer, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.

Reindeer, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

This reindeer bull was nosing around a doe in estrus. I made a little sketch and added a wish for a future Santa’s helper.

Humboldt's penguins, Copenhagen Zoo, pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.

Humboldt’s penguins, Copenhagen Zoo, pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

Humboldt's penguins at the Copenhagen Zoo, underwater view. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.

Humboldt’s penguins at the Copenhagen Zoo, underwater view. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

Humboldt's penguin, Copenhagen Zoo, inordinately attracted to my red mechanical pencil. Did it look like a fish?

Humboldt’s penguin, Copenhagen Zoo, inordinately attracted to my red mechanical pencil, which must look like a fish.

The penguins were a kick, especially from below.

Crested seriema, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.

Crested seriema, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

Lesser Malayan Mouse Deer,  black-necked weaver, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2" x 11 sketchbook.

Lesser Malayan Mouse Deer, black-necked weaver, Copenhagen Zoo. Pencil on Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11 sketchbook.

It was a good day well spent, and now it’s time for Copenhagen Culture Night, or, rather, Kulturnatten. The city turns tonight into a huge party with music, dance, food, concerts, light shows, you name it. There are big doings on every street in town. Museums open their doors. Concerts, tours, light shows, food demos, endless fun. It’s just starting up- you can hear the roll of drums. Time to join the party.

Happy Friday.

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How those Nyhavn boats keep so nice and clean

Boat washers on Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen. Standing on floating platforms alongside one of the dozen or so vessels parked- or is moored the right word?- to the quay. Some are tied side-by-side to save space. A channel is left down the middle the tour boats and the mallard ducks' navigation

Two boat washers on Nyhavn Canal scrub the sides of one of the ships moored to the quay. They washed this one for over an hour before moving on to the next one. Some ships are double-parked, tied alongside another to save space, leaving a center channel wide enough for tour boats and mallard ducks. The washers worked standing on their wooden rafts, moving on to the next boat by pushing off and floating gently down the stream. Merrily, even. Watercolor over pencil on Arches 140 lb. cold press paper, 9″ x 12″

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Sketch of the Day: Gamekeeper’s Cottage, Deer Park

There's a fancy little palace in the heart of the Jaegersborg Deer Park, called The Hermitage. Basically a hunting lodge for the King. This isn't it. It's

There’s a fancy little palace in the heart of the Jaegersborg Deer Park called The Hermitage which was the King’s hunting lodge once upon a time when they had hunts here. This ain’t it. I think this might have been a caretaker’s or gamekeeper’s residence. Either way, nothing says “cute” like a thatched roof cottage. Watercolor over pencil, Stillman & Birn Alpha Series Sketchbook.

This is the Hermitage- seen from the back door, which I think is more interesting. The front entry is quite grand. Inside it's been restored completely and is open for tours, but so far, not when I've visited.

The view around the back at the Hermitage, which I think is the more interesting side. Rococo, even.

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Sketch of the Day: Red Deer in Rut

Red deer stag, resting under the trees, with a smaller fallow deer out in the sunny glade just beyond.

Winds whipped through the Deer Park in Klampenborg today, blowing leaves off branches just when they’d gotten some autumn reds and golds. A Red deer stag rested under beech trees with his harem while a fallow deer stag skirted around the grove to graze at a respectful distance. At one point the red male stood up to bugle, which likely had nothing to do with the fallow deer, and everything to do with testosterone. Pencil in Robert Bateman 8 1/2″ x 11″ sketchbook.

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Sketch of the Day: Fashionable Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the best-dressed cities I've ever visited. ; great for fashion-watching. O

Copenhagen is a strongly well-dressed city, with the most excellent (and practical) street style I’ve ever seen. It’s understated and tasteful, based on endlessly nuanced blacks and grays, but now and then someone flashes in like a rare warbler and jars the color-scheme ecosystem. Today, a British fashionista took a seat at our favorite hangout and turned heads with her plumage, which verged on aposematic. The flock took heed. Watercolor over pencil, Stillman & Birn Alpha Series Sketchbook.

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Friday Sketchbook: Odds and Ends

Cormorant, Lapwings, Nivå Marsh. Pencil on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series.

Cormorant, preening, above quietly reflective lapwings at Nivå Marsh. Pencil on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series.

Not a big day for drawing, but a splendid one nonetheless. The agenda included smorrebrød with biologists and a visit with ornithologist/mind-bendingly fine bird artist Jon Fjeldså at the University of Copenhagen. A seven mile walk was taken with a stop at Assistens Cemetary for a moment of respectful silence at Hans Christian Andersen’s grave.

Gray heron poses in the moat around the Kastellet, Copenhagen.

Gray heron poses in the moat around the Kastellet, Copenhagen.

There was the purchase of two cute hats and a black knitted scarf that feels like a big hug around the neck from a dozen teddy bears. There was a grocery purchase conducted completely in Danish that went like this: green beans, persimmons and a head of radicchio go on the counter. Fresh-baked Middle Eastern flat bread catches my eye. I say, “Hvor koster det ?” – “how much does it cost?” and am actually understood by the grocer. A watershed moment. He responds with something in Danish, which of course, I don’t understand, but I pay the bill, whatever it is, and we share a little smile.

Red-necked grebe swimming around and catching fish at the ramparts in Christianshavn.  Sketched through the scope and painted while sitting on a park bench by a path with a continual stream of dog walkers, joggers, bike riders and babies in perambulators (there's no such thing as a stroller here- just baby carriages). Watercolor over pencil in Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook., 8 1/2" x 11"

Red-necked grebe catching fish at the rampart moat in Christianshavn. Sketched through the scope and painted while sitting on a bench beset by a continual stream of dog walkers, joggers, bike riders and babies in perambulators . Watercolor over pencil in Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook., 8 1/2″ x 11″

I also bought a kilo of lamb at the Halal butcher next door. Do you know how much lamb is in a kilo? A lot. Antman is making a huge stew right this minute. The butcher smiled at me, too.

Later, Antman and I stepped around the corner for a concert by the Copenhagen Klezmer Trio. Bittersweet clarinet, accordion and bass under chandeliers in the gorgeously carved, gilded and bedecked Royal Theatre’s Old Stage foyer. It was all wonderful, and now we’re tired.

To round out a full day that included absolutely no drawing, Ipresent a shop-window from the Copenhagen boulevard, Norrebrogade.

Happy Friday.

Lederhosen

 

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Sketch of the Day: Birds and Botany

A snippet of a sketchbook page; avian activity at the Botanical Garden, a.k.a. Botanisk Have. "Have", pronounced, "ha-va", is the Danish word for garden, and might be the root of the English word, "haven", which it certainly is. Pencil with spots of watercolor on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series.

A snippet of a sketchbook page; avian activity at the Botanical Garden, a.k.a. Botanisk Have. “Have”, pronounced, “ha-va”, is the Danish word for garden, and might be the root of the English word, “haven”, which it certainly is. Pencil with spots of watercolor on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series.

Step through the gates of the Copenhagen Botanical Garden and the city vanishes; it’s quiet, serene. A great collection of plants from around the world; a green hulk that looked like a woolly mammoth garbed in lace cap flowers was Hydrangea aspera ssp. sargentiana. The Garden is now in autumn glory: grasses and flowers and foliage frosted with soft yellows and delicious reds with berries on top of everything. Hawthorns and Sorbus are in fine fruit, attracting birds. A wren reeled off  sibilants and long, liquid warbles while European robins fluttered and plucked at harlequin glorybower’s purple beads. Moorhens tottered out of the pond to pick at the grass on the bank- who knows what they were eating there- along with magpies and wood pigeons, fattening up on chestnuts and fallen crab apples. And then, there’s the architecture.

The Copenhagen Botanical Garden's Palm House, built 1874. Purest glorious Victoriana.

The Copenhagen Botanical Garden’s Palm House, built 1874. Purest, most glorious Victoriana.

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