Dessert

Sketch of a man at a sidewalk cafe by Sarah Sullivan

Dessert

How wonderful to finish a meal at a sidewalk cafe in Portugal and then sit and admire the landscape.

This is a 12 X 12- inch gouache sketch on black paper.

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Tree Lined Street in Guimarães

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of a Tree Lined Street in Guimarães Portugal

Tree Lined Street in Guimarães

The old part of Guimarães is full of picturesque streets, walls, gardens, churches, and buildings. This particular street is close to where we are staying. I like its tall and shady trees, and the contrast of the trees against the bright sky and patches of sunlight on the pavement. Since it is not safe to paint in a street, I just made a line sketch and then finished this in my hotel room, using a few photos that I took for reference.

This is a 12 X 12- inch gouache sketch on black paper.

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Portuguese Garden on a June Morning

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of a Portuguese Fountain on a June Morning

Portuguese Garden on a June Morning

In the morning before it got hot, I sketched in the shade of the Centro Cultural Vila Flor in Guimarães. The garden has massive trees with branches that intermingle and offer cover from the sun. In this sketch I wanted to convey a sense of how the trees protect and shelter the fountain and garden.

This is a 9 X 6- inch gouache sketch on black paper.

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Guimarães and Children

Ink sketches by Sarah Sullivan of Guimarães Portugal

Ink sketches of Guimarães Portugal

Ink sketches by Sarah Sullivan of Children in Guimarães Portugal

Ink sketches of Children in Guimarães Portugal

We are in a new-to-us city, Guimarães, Portugal. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site because the city has maintained its medieval character while also developing into a modern city. The city is quite a change for me from my recent landscapes, so I started the morning with 5-minute ink sketches to develop a feel for its distinctive architecture. These are the kinds of sketches I simplify for gouache paintings, once I have a feel for what I see and value.

However, I never got as far as a gouache sketch. When I went back to the hotel in the afternoon, I began to read the morning news from the United States, which is several hours behind us.

I could not get past the news that our country is separating children from their parents and deliberately causing enormous trauma to both parents and children. I was a middle school principal for years and know the price that these children and their parents will pay for years to come. What have we come to that our country would do such a horrible thing to such precious and innocent children?

When I went back out, all I could do was draw children and worry. Here are some of those drawings as well.

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Abstract of German Sheep in a Field

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of German Sheep in a Field

Abstract of German Sheep in a Field

Before we move on in the morning, I had to walk out to the fields along the edge of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and sketch the sheep one last time.

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Eibsee and Bike

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of a German Lake in June

Eibsee and Bike

This was probably too ambitious a composition-cloudy sky, mountains, lake, bike, and a bench with a person, but before I leave Bavaria I wanted to have a sketch that shows it all. So, I worked to captures the incredible beauty of the Alps, and its impact on an ordinary person.

I leave Bavaria tomorrow impressed and a bit envious with the way the Germans have made so much of their natural beauty accessible to the ordinary person through a network of busses, trains, trams, bike paths, trails, and well placed services.

This is a 9 X 9-inch gouache sketch on black paper.

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Cows and Clouds

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of cows in a field under a cloudy sky

Cows and Clouds

I am getting a kick out of painting cows here in Bavaria. Just about every walk away from the center of Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers the opportunity to sketch these beautiful animals. It is still rainy and the sky is filled with clouds. I liked how the colors of the clouds were reflected on this particular cow.

This is a 9 X 9-inch gouache sketch on black paper.

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Bavarian Sheep

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of Bavarian Sheep

Bavarian Sheep

It was a wild and rainy day today here near Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the sheep who yesterday were at the far edge of their pasture were back in the center. It may be that with their heavy coats that a warm sunny day is too hot for them. In any case, some of the flock chomped away at the grass close to me and I was able to get this sketch between rain showers.

This is a 9 X 6 inch gouache sketch on black paper.

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Bavarian Cows

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of Bavarian Cows

Bavarian Cows

Yesterday evening as we walked through the Bavarian countryside at dusk, we came across a flock of sheep. The sheep lifted their heads and stared us down and I was charmed by them. So I planned to return today with my sketchbook. However, when I arrived on the scene mid morning, the flock was in the shade at the far end of the pasture and I could not see them well enough to capture their likeness.

Fortunately, there were also cows nearby and I was able to get a few sketches of them as they grazed. I liked the lines of their necks and backs.

This is a 9 X 6 gouache sketch on black paper.

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Drawing in the Bavarian Alps

Sketch of an Alpine scene near Hammersbach

Hammersbach

I have somehow made it from Denmark to Bavaria in Southern Germany without posting a single sketch. Fortunately, I will have lots of time this week to sketch and hope to learn something about painting alpine scenes.

This 12 X 12- inch gouache sketch shows a few of the large mountains that rise above the small town of Hammersbach. The mountains are dominating yet distant and I am determined to figure out how to capture both of these two features in a single sketch.

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