Wednesday, April 1, 2009

gaudi chimneys

A friend, Kjerstin, has been posting on Spain, and the fabulousness she discovered there, like Gaudi, the blow it out of the box spanish architect. I was lucky enough to spend some time in Barcelona where his amazing church, La Sagrada Familia, stands like a beacon to brilliance. He also designed a park, Parc Guell. These watercolor sketches are of the chimneys of the caretaker's house. The black thing is an iron gate nearby, which Gaudi also designed. The brown thing? A plant! Designed by Nature, plucked and glued by me. See the artwork better here.

My regret is not filling in the pencil sketch with pen on site, as pencil doesn't reproduce very well, and when I'm no longer with the subject of my sketch, my memory fails me where details are too pale to read. I have sketchbooks full of pale pencil lines. Here, the window is in pencil. I burned and burned it to get it to show. It looks not like a graceful pencil line, but... burned!

My character from The Nik Notebooks, Nik, has a sketchbook she carries with her wherever she goes. She will draw in pen.

1 comment:

  1. I love seeing these sketches, Karen Ann. Travel sketch books are the best.

    And I LOVE Parc Guell. It's one of my favorite places in the whole world... I think we are Kindred Spirits!