Do penguins like ice-cream?

Until now, penguins probably not even thought about having an ice cream, as they were surrounded of ice all day. But during the last years, their environment is changing quite a lot, and rising temperatures make life difficult for the inhabitants of both, North and South Pole areas. They are forced to change and adapt really fast in order to survive ….

This drawing is a kind reminder that we should be a lot more aware of what a huge impact our lifestyle has on many, many animal communities around the globe – often they pay for it with their lives.

Circus life behind the scenes

Last Saturday was World Circus Day, and I decided to do a little tribute to circus life…. This is how I imagine the happy protagonists of a imaginary circus having fun behind the scenes: no humans involved. Take a peak into the ring where some artists are hanging out …

See Molly Monkey with his friend Blanche, the famous balance artist, rehearsing their new show. – Paper cuts, acrylics, ink and graphite on paper, 42×60 cm, 2021.

And here are Olli Owl and Hatty Bird cycling around the ring. -Newspaper, paper cuts, sand, wax crayons, ink and watercolors, 42×60 cm, 2021.

Bunny on a walk

Now it’s time for Easter bunny to take it’s well-earned time off after all the hard work he put in painting Easter eggs, wrap the chocolate ones and of course deliver everything on time.

I just saw it going for a walk in the mountains north of Madrid, by the Pico de San Pedro. It’s a beautiful area were lots of his bunny-friends live, so I guess he on it’s way to a happy dandelion party.

Hope you had a nice Easter break, enjoy yourself, springtime just began.

Abstract Easter vibes

Spring is approaching, this year even before Easter, at least here in Spain. As the Easter Holidays we all will spend at home in order to keep infection rates low, I’d like to share some spring and easter impressions – abstract colorful bits and pieces to get a little happy vibes going.

Enjoy the holidays and stay safe!

Plunging around a plunger

What’s your favorite household tool? Mine is a plunger. I really like them. Not that I had many blocked up drains, I think they are curious artifacts and I always have some (unused ones) on my shelf. But is has to be the original rubber plunger with the wooden handle. I like to look at them and sometimes they squeeze into my drawings.

As they find them inspiring and fun, I wanted to dedicate them a post and share some drawings and interpretations dealing with plungers. I included them as feet in some of my creatures, and I tried stamping with a plunger using its footprints as the base for a drawing.

Work in progress or parallel worlds

One of the wire rabbits of my earlier post started off as a pencil drawing, just to explore ideas and lines to sculpt in wire. I never bend the wires following exactly the traces of a drawing, normally I use it just for inspiration.

So, while the wire sculpture was about to be created, I went on playing with the drawing, adding basic colors and contrasts to it.

Step by step the drawing took on it’s own character, and the rabbit on the drawing ended up living in two parallel worlds, a 3 dimensional, linear one and a 2 dimensional colorful one – but they still are related, a bit like distant cousins.

Tissues and paper

A collage using all kinds of recycled materials could be called sustainable art…

Here you can find magazine cut-outs , tissues with ink stains the look like animal print, pages of a paperback book that wasn’t very interesting to read, but proved to have other qualities.

Little bird with a new hat
Fashionable in black and white
Have a nice trip
Heavy luggage

It was fun to play and to draw, it’s always interesting to discover effects and materials – some work well together – others not so much – just like in real life.

Have a nice week!

Dog with a (rain)coat

Do dogs like rain? Most of the dogs I know prefer dry weather… The dog I drew with ink recently, had a certain uncomfortable look to it, so I decided to put him into a raincoat.

I think it’s clearly influenced by a Weimaraner, I did some portraits of a very handsome one during the last weeks and it seems I was still drawn to the expressive face this breed has.

Some Weimaraners don't like rain

Wire bunnies? .. Wired bunnies? .. Weird bunnies!

Sculpting with wire is very fun – wether it’s lamps or sculptures of some creatures animals. It’s probably a memory of my activities years ago as a gold- and silbersmith that keeps me getting back to this material on an almost regular basis.

I work with two kinds of steal wire: This simple wire they have on construction sites to string wooden boards together for formwork I use for drawing the lines and combine them with a really thin Jeweler’s binding wire.

This time I started out with a bunny-girl that’s more or less two dimensional, with some patience you can get her to stand on her own, so there is a little hint of a third dimension, not very much of a depth though.

So, for the second one I wanted to make sure he is easier to handle and created this 3D sitting rabbit.

It’s time to start getting in shape…

While it is still cool here in the Spanish mountains, around this time of year it’s time to think about where our bikini body went… Not sure how the chances are to get it back, but it’s worth a try.

The two friends on today’s drawing are right into it already. Ms. Dollyduck is trying on her bathing gear and Mr. Musclemouse is lifting weight and working out to get strong and impress the mouse girls.

Remember, it’s important to celebrate every little success – so after an intensive work-out enjoy some sweet cherries…. have a great week and don’t forget to treat yourself well!

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