Category Archives: Diversions

Doodles and sketches that don’t fit anywhere else

Painting from Plein Air Drawings, Part 2

The routine: door closed, music cranked up, paint brush moves to the beat. Time flies agreeably as a painting takes shape. Yesterday’s soundtrack: Warren Zevon, Talking Heads and the ever-energetic Rolling Stones. These are places of rich history. The beautiful ruin of an apple-cider mill on … Continue reading

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Friday Sketchbook: Hans Christian Andersen Slept Here

Magasin du Nord in Copenhagen is Denmark’s oldest department store, founded in 1870. They have the best scarf selection in town (my opinion), their housewares floor is a near-museum of Danish design, and their basement’s a wonderland of fancy foodstuffs. But 144 years ago, Magasin du Nord was Hotel du … Continue reading

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Art of the Day: Still Life with Danish Pastry

Greetings from Seville, Spain, actually, from a biological field station south of there in Doñana National Park. Just trudged in from a long day in the field, but had, for starters: wild boars, griffon vultures, sardinian warblers and a pink flock of flamingoes. And right now some owl … Continue reading

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Soul Food for the Dark Times

We’ve fallen into Dark Times here in Denmark. It’s dark now at around 4 pm, and in midday the sun is so low in the gray sky there’s not much light seeping through the windows anyway. I was warned about the … Continue reading

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Friday Sketchbook: No More Opera for Okapis

While we drew the okapis today at the Copenhagen zoo, my friend told me a startling story. Okapis are rare African forest-dwelling relatives of the giraffe and sensitive animals. Very sensitive. Twenty years ago the Royal Theatre staged a performance at the … Continue reading

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Art of the Day: I Must Be Hungry

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Art of the Day: Still Life with Akvavit

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