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March 5, 2019 March 5, 2019

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I love to draw. When I left for my trip to Europe this summer I took no art materials because I was traveling alone and was worried about stairways, steps on to buses, anything that would require me to lift or carry heavy bags. And art materials are heavy! However, shortly after I arrived I visited the British Library and bought a pack of 3 small notebooks and 2 pencils. I later bought a larger notebook at the Victoria & Albert Museum. I was off and running and made time to do a few sketches during my travels. While in Oxford I visited Balliol College and sketched their Oriel window.

I loved sitting in this quad surrounded by beautiful blooming plants and wonderful architecture. One thing is for sure. I need a class in architectural drawing – but I loved doing it! For a history of Balliol College click here.

 

February 17, 2019 February 17, 2019

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I did a little sketching as I travelled around Great Britain last summer. I visited Oxford University twice. My first visit was with a guided tour out of London. We only had a couple of hours in Oxford as we also visited Windsor and Stonehenge. (It was a long day!) Luckily I had scheduled three nights in Oxford later in my trip. The architecture is quite wonderful and I particularly appreciated the Sheldonian  Theater. The Sheldonian Theatre was built from 1664 to 1669 after a design by Christopher Wren. The building is named after Gilbert Sheldon, chancellor of the University at the time and the project’s main financial backer. It is used for music concerts, lectures and University ceremonies.  Since 2015 it has also been used for drama until 2015. It is very important to the culture and history of Oxford. I did a sketch of part of the building. Below I have also included a photo I took during my first visit.

 

 

Sheldonian Theater - Oxford U

Sheldonian Theater Oxford Aug 2018

 

I think I should have erased the smudges before I took my photo!

 

February 1, 2019 February 1, 2019

Filed under: Drawings,Portraits & Self Portraits — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:14 pm
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How time flies! I cannot believe that it has been over a year since I posted. I am very unhappy with myself but have a good excuse for part of the time. I spent three months attending classes and traveling in Great Britain and France during 2018. And it took months to prepare for my trip so that’s my story. This was a special once-in-a-lifetime trip that was inspired by the six months my husband and I lived in Germany while I worked at Roche Diagnostics. It was also inspired by the loan of a book titled Without Reservations which is worth a read if you like unplanned adventures.

During my time in England I took two class at Cambridge University. Shakespeare in the Gardens was in full swing. Here are two small drawings I did of two of Shakespeare’s most fascinating characters – Shylock from the Merchant of Venice and Cymbelline from…drumroll…Cymbelline.

Cymbeline Cambridge July 2018

Cymbelline

Shylock Merchant of Venice Cambridge July 2018

Shylock

 

During my trip I carried my own luggage and made my own arrangements. I didn’t have much room for art materials so these were drawn in a small moleskin notebook that I bought at the British Library and with a No 2 pencil. I am glad to be sharing again and will post more from my trip later.

 

 

October 16, 2013 October 16, 2013

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Near the end of my visit to the Napa Valley I spent time under a large tree at the Beringer Winery. Me and my pad and pencil. The Rhine House build by one of the Beringer family is magnificent as are the winery buildings. It was such a lovely site and it was cool under the trees with a slight breeze. I actually wanted to relax and take a nap….but I didn’t. I did this sketch. The architecture is very elaborate and ornate and I don’t think I really captured it. Oh well – next time!

Rhine House - Beringer Winery

Rhine House – Beringer Winery