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The blog serves as a collection space for a variety of musings and observations of the world around us...through the use of sketches, drawings, photos, images and videos...intended to be shared and to stimulate thoughts, ideas and inspirations...douglas wittnebel

Friday, November 2, 2018

The colors and fantasies of the Alebrijes in Mexico City

Alebrijes are the brightly colored Mexican sculptures of fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes were created by an artist, Pedro Linares. Back in the 1930s, Linares was ill with a high fever and while he was in bed, unconscious, he dreamt of a strange place resembling a magic forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into strange  kinds of animals.  

Here is my sketch in color of one of the Alebrijes in view during the Day of the Dead festival ...

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mexico City view

Painted view looking to the south west from the 21st floor of the Torre Diana building, where the AT&T Foundry is located.

The pointed top building is by LBR + A, the tallest in Mexico City.  It sits triangular in plan and features two perpendicular concrete elevations and one glass facade of the hypotenuse of the triangle.

The BBVA building in the middle features a distinctive fuschia and bright yellow exterior spiral staircase element, and designed by Ricardo Legoretta. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Now over to the Washington DC space...

At the National Gallery of Art East Wing, a wonderful show of works by Rachel Whiteread, including this cast piece of negative space under a stair...

My ink sketch from the rainy Sunday morning...

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Stepping out and down the stair sculpture of Bruce Nauman at Oliver Ranch...

For the IIDA Northern California event in September, our group had the opportunity to do a hiking tour of the Oliver Ranch close to Geyserville, California.

Among the art pieces, the final one was Bruce Naumann concrete staircase sculpture at Oliver Ranch, described as his response to the unique physical contours of the land at the Oliver ranch in Geyserville, California. 

All of the horizontal the treads are exactly the same size, 30 inches square, and then every riser is of a different height with the total length covering a 1/4 of a mile. The smallest rise is 3/8 of an inch; the largest rise is a vertical 17 inches. It is a treat to feel your legs stretch and strain as you descend, and I cannot even imagine the ascent.  

As you descend you must pay attention to your steps and your feet or you may trip and fall because of the steep changes in riser height. 

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009
a selection of sketches from the Grand Canyon