Portraits of Imaginary Friends and Other Impulses

Sketches on the go

 

I actually don’t sketch or draw much; it’s not my thing. But drawing seems natural when I am traveling.  I travel with a few ink pens, often brown instead of black, and a tiny set of watercolors that fit into a recycled Altoid tin. These were done on my last trip to Europe, I think mostly in France and Spain, but most were inspired by two art exhibits I saw in Haarlem, the Netherlands.  The Frans Hall Museum was full of his work and work inspired by him and neck fluffs, or giant clown like collars were everywhere.  The other exhibit that really influenced these sketches were Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘grotesque’ sketches, that were featured in a Da Vinci show at the Teyler’s Museum.  I loved his character sketches featuring exaggerated features like large noses, lopsidedness, and what some would consider rather ugly distorted faces.  I could relate.

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