Observational Sketches & Drawings – Travelling, Part 2- Germany (on the Mosel) and Bruges…

…over Easter Sarah and I managed to get away thanks to out friends dragging us across the water (laughs) and we had a fantastic short holiday in Germany, Sarah and I’s first holiday abroad.

I still snuck some sketching in mind, the place was beautiful and full of great looking architecture set against the fantastic landscape* of this wine making region (the Mosel).

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None of my drawings will really do it justice, but it was fun trying to capture the scale and the relative antiquity of the views… above, looking across the Mosel River from Zell.

*imagine a scaled up pennine valley without any of the industrial blots on the landscape and instead picturesque collections of spires of all shapes and sizes, dominating Disney/Medieval style pitched roofs and shuttered windows.

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Marianburg (above), was a convent, now a hostel(?) perched high above the steep vineyards that covered the the hillsides… Drawn from outside a little restaurant in Punderich.

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Whilst this pencil sketch was done from the window of our guesthouse window in a little village called Merl.

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Above the ruins of the Grevenburg (built around 1350, destroyed following several sieges, in 1734) overlooking the cafe we ate at in Traben-Trarbach.

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There was a whole bunch of Castles of varying structural integrity along the river… one of my favourites was Castle Metternich at Beilstein. This view (above) looks down onto the town and the Mosel (Moselle) from the base of the castle…

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Looking back up from the river side you can see the Old Tollhouse and how the castle dominates the hillside and the surrounding area…

We caught a boat from Beilstein to Cochem… the sketch below was done from the riverside looking up a steep escarpment with fortifications that seemed to have tumbled down the slope over time…

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Its only when yo go further down the riverside and look back that you really get a sense of how high that building is on from the previous drawing, and why my neck ached so much whilst drawing it.

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Below the hillside, the town centre seemed dominated by the huge tower and dome of St Martin’s Catholic Church…

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The doorway just above the notes in the sketch leads to a great little cellar restaurant (the Rathaus) where we ate… highly recommended.

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On our last day I managed to get a few more drawings finished… this modest little sketch in Merl (just along from the guesthouse) showing the decorated fronts of the houses so typical of the area…

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…this rough doodle of the approach to Zell from Merl.

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And finally this drawing of one of the old timber framed buildings from outside a cafe in Zell…

From Germany we headed back to England stopping over one night in Bruges…

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Not a great deal was drawn I admit, I like my little night sketch, done while drinking cloudy beer, and I like the cyclist… Bruges is certainly somewhere to head back to with a looser itinerary and more time for sketching…

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~ by hesir on April 20, 2015.

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