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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Sketch of the Day: Art, Babies, and Beer

Your caption here. "The Water Mother", by Kai Neilsen 1919-21, in the Winter Garden Rotunda at the Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum.

“The Water Mother”, by Danish sculptor Kai Neilsen 1919-21, best sculpture of the day, in Carlsberg’s Glyptotek Museum., Copenhagen. There were more babies to draw, but the museum was closing. Pencil in 5″ x 8″ Moleskine Sketchbook.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a Copenhagen museum founded by the Carlsberg brewing family, with sculpture being the main attraction, but they also have great French Impressionist paintings, a tropical garden in the main rotunda, a nice cafe, and today, a surprise choral group in the marble-columned music hall singing heavenly music straight out of the Middle Ages. I wasn’t the only one sketching there today- a drawing class commenced in the Egyptian room, and individual sketchers occupied the Classical Antiquities Hall.

Sketchers draw in the Egyptian Room at Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

Sketchers draw in the Egyptian Room at Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

The Glyptotek encourages artistic visitors and even hands out folding seats. I beamed with gratitude, sat down, and drew an Athenian Soldier, circa 330 BC, followed by the most amazing mother and child free-for-all ever sculpted.

Cheers, Carlsberg!

Babies! At the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen.

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Sketch of the Day: Rainy, with a twist of sun

Sunlight at the Copenhagen Botanical Garden.

This is what art is truly good for: catching sunlight on potted plants in August to save up for a cold rainy day in September. These agaves are planted in formal urns along the balustrade of the grand Victorian iron-and-glass hot-house at Copenhagen’s Botanical Garden. Come to think of it, the Victorian hot-house could be a dandy spot for some upcoming Danish winter-weather natural history drawing. At least it’ll be warm. Watercolor and pencil in Moleskine 5″ x 8″ sketchbook.

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Sketch of the Day: Rest and Roll, Royal Horses

The Royal horses catch some rays, enjoying a warm fall morning by standing in the sunlight looking regal, and by pawing, then rolling, in the dust of the Royal Riding Grounds. At Christiansborg Palace, which also houses the Parliament.We just started watching Børgen and are totally hooked.

The Royal horses celebrated today’s warm sunshine by grandly lowering their clean white butts to the dusty ground, rolling around in the most undignified manner, and rising again as horses of a different color: taupe. Happily for the Royal Grooms, they shook themselves clean afterward. Watercolor wash over pencil, Stillman & Birn Alpha Series 8 1/2″ x 11″ Sketchbook.

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