Samstag, 1. März 2014

Looking back or looking forward?

While I have only shared a few photos of my last trip to Florida and the Caribbean, I am already well on the way of planning the next trip(s). One not too fare away either in time or distance and the other one quite some time in the future and much further away. An exiting adventure with a friend, to places only dreamed of, to an event only read about and for the first time adding the exitement of car rental and driving on another continent.

So to calm down a bit I have decided to share some photos of my last trip. Photos I have already scaled down to share with a colleague, who's son loves "Krokodile". While they are not crocodiles but alligators, who cares, as long as a 3 year old is happy?

Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014

Birds at Seaquarium

Seaquarium also shows birds which are not very interested in fish.

 Though he (she?) was hanging around at the shark pool, hoping for an easy dinner.

Sonntag, 9. Februar 2014

Change of pace

While remembering the wonderfull time I had in Florida and the Caribbean is taking a lot of my time, life does go on too and yesterday I finally had the opportunity to take a class with Prof. Albert Hoffmann again. Usually we are only three or four in the class, the last few sessions have been attended by more people. Yesterday there were 18 in class! Watercolor seems to make a comeback.
We started out with a landscape of the northern lower Austria:
to move on to my beloved venice after lunch:
which I also tried as grafic:
Not quite finished, but for now I'll leave it like that.
We moved on to greece and tried our hand at a stairway on the island of Hydra:
Much laughter ensued when we tried to remember the smell of the donkeys and the dirt on the stairs which carry tourists up and down those stairs. While I've never been to Hydra I remember it very well from Santorini.
To finish off the afternoon (and to remember a sweeter smell) we painted flowers:
Can you smell them?

Mittwoch, 5. Februar 2014


 The afternoon of the day in Miami we spent at seaquarium, seeing the different shows with dolphins,
 more dolphins,
 and a whale.
  The seaquarium also rescues turtles which have been hurt by boats and keeps the animals safe after they have healed.
 A shallow pool offeres the posibility to touch stingrays, which I did not attempt as from the pattern of their movements I had the feeling that they were rather stressed.
 In the trees above the turtle enclosure I discovered a hungry iguana.
But not only iguanas looked for food!
Seagulls at the first dolphine show waiting for a fish to be thrown,
 a heron checking out the box of fish athe the other dolphine show,
or another seagull watching while vistitors fed sealions.Looking rather comfy up there!

Freitag, 31. Januar 2014

South Beach

Staying in Ft. Lauderdale we took a day to visit Miami. The morning was spent on a walking tour through South Beach with all the colorful Art Deco Buildings most of us still remember from the TV Series Miami Vice.

Dienstag, 28. Januar 2014

Fleeing the cold

For years I have dreamt about visiting a friend who has an appartement in Fr. Lauderdale, Florida, during winter and finally it worked out that I could join her and her husband after christmas.
Key West was one destination on my wishlist and my friends agreed to this 5hrs drive. There were so many foto opportunities, even from the car.
Sombrero beach was one of our stops on the way. Nothing says vaccation better than palmtrees,
and turquoise water!
 Key West was as colorfull and fascinating as I had imagined it, even in torrential rain!

After a truely spectacular sunset and a dinner of ribs and Margaritas at Margaritaville (where else?) we walked back to the car to start the looooooong drive back to Ft. Lauderdale.

One of the things that I loved especially during the whole trip: sunshine, warmth and Christmas decorations.

Sonntag, 26. Januar 2014


Yesterday the 42nd Worldsketchcrawl took place. A friend and I decided to participate and due to the freezing temperatures chose the Museum of Natural History in Vienna as alternative to our favourite place to sketch - the zoo. While walking through the exhibit we realised that the advantage of motives that kept a pose while we sketched was negated by the rather creepy feeling we could not shake. Next time I think I'll choose life models again.
 Fighting with perspective all the way. I think we will visit this museum again just because of it's magnificent achtitecture and the challenges it poses with all those grand stairways, cupolas and crossing hallways.
 Well, not only perspective of architecture poses a problem, but also the perspective of a circle aka teacup!
It was a fun afternoon and high time to get back into the habit of sketching (and blogging!) again.