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Last Munich thoughts

Apart from sketching, I did manage to get out once or twice during my five week stay in Munich.

One highlight was visiting the Residenz, the former residence of the Wittelsbachs, rulers of Bavaria from 1180 to 1918. Although only 50 square metres of the 23,000 square metres of roofed palace remained intact after the bombings of the Second World War, the Residenz has been wonderfully restored and is worth a visit. Here is a taste:

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Also entertaining was the “Jump and Fly” event held on June 25 behind the town hall, in Marienhof. This featured long jumpers and pole vaulters sharing the same runway and alternating as they ran to their target at opposite ends of the runway. Here is one of the pole vaulters just failing to clear the bar.

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It’s a fabulous city – but it’s nice to be home. :-)

Munich Urban Sketchers

A gorgeous Munich summer’s day was too nice to spend in the Deutsches Museum. So, although that’s where we met, that’s not where we sketched.

Here is my view of the “Father Rhine Fountain” in the park opposite the museum. It was a popular choice today, because of the shade and pleasant location alongside the Isar River.

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And here is one of the two tables we occupied at the Mueller’schen Volksbad Cafe afterwards, chatting and thumbing through each others sketch books.

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Magnificent Munich

I’ve now had three weekends in Munich. It is the nature of my current stay that I need the weekends for regeneration and review – so not much sightseeing. But I am puddling out to try to sketch when I can, and trying to sketch quickly (mostly).

There are some magical buildings in Munich. Last weekend I saw this magnificent streetscape on my way back from a (vegetarian) restaurant on Saturday night. I returned on the Sunday to sketch it. It got rather hot while I was sitting out on the street (it was near midday) so I finished the line work as I sat then went back to my room to add the colour.

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And this weekend I walked around the corner to one of the medieval city gates (Isartor) yesterday and quickly sketched this. If you look closely at the roman numerals you will see that the clock actually runs anticlockwise!

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Finally, this afternoon I wandered around to the next city gate (Sendlinger Tor) and sketched it as fast as I (reasonably) could.

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One thing you might notice: the weather has been stunning!

:-)

A better Lionel

I’m back in Munich now after an excellent week in Colorado. I am here for five weeks now so have a serviced apartment, with a small kitchenette and all the necessaries for medium-term survival. Here is a quick sketch of the view from the balcony.

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In the meantime I’ve had a very productive time in Colorado. After a week of being interviewed & videotaped, been coached and given coaching, been given multiple forms of feedback – from my work colleagues, classmates and course leaders, I now have a much better perspective on myself. And the short answer is: Judy and Juliette were right – I’m just fine. I have a few things to work on but, more importantly, a renewed confidence in my ability. And the 9 of us who went through the course together have forged very strong friendships in the week. It will be fun staying in touch with them.

Here is a sketch from when I tagged along in the golf cart with five of the team.

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Oh, and one more thing, the course also focused on fitness for leaders. So I have decided to give a plant-based (vegan) diet a go for a while to see what it can do for my cholesterol levels. Here’s is my first attempt -note the nut-loaf alternative to meat. ;-)

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So maybe there will be a better Lionel, after all?

Building a better Lionel

So I’m in Colorado for a week on a leadership development course. It promises to be both challenging and interesting, and with any luck beneficial (building a better L.). As a consequence I have bounced across the Atlantic from Munich – and will bounce back to Munich when done, as there is much to do there.

The flight was completely exhausting – Munich to Heathrow (4 hour transit), Heathrow to Dallas-Fort Worth (3 hours transit), DallasFW to Colorado Springs. On the last leg I was asleep before takeoff, roused long enough to have a half glass of water mid-flight, then woke again as we touched down.

So I didn’t sketch so much during the flights, here is a sketch from near the start of the journey:

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I slept well overnight so was able to start taking in the views from my magnificent hotel (The Broadmoor) this morning. Here is the view from the breakfast restaurant:

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And the view the other way from across the lake.

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More Munich

Another week in Munich. And today the pleasure of meeting the Munich Urban Sketchers again.

It was raining by the time our afternoon meeting came around on this holiday Thursday, so we retreated to a nearby shopping mall. I was joined by Miriam and Andrew, who sketched with me last week, and met Martin and Isabella for the first time.

In the arcades there are fascinating long tendrils of hanging living plants, stretching down from the heights of the ceilings, and many funky nooks and crannies. Here is one of the open courtyards, wet from the rain.

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Miriam and Martin then joined me for a coffee in the Literatur Haus, where we sketched coffees and each other.

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Earlier in the day I finished a sketch of Karlstor from a photo I took on Sunday afternoon, as I struggled home from the Englischergarten. I’m quite pleased with it.

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Flying to Munich

I had a longer than usual flight to Munich this time – three flights, four times through security checks, all up about 30 hours. I purposed to do a sketch on each leg, to help pass the time.

Starting off with the lounge in Sydney:

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Then the cloudscape view from the window on the Sydney-Hong Kong leg:

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Followed by an overnight flight Hong Kong – Paris, where I got a good stretch of sleep ( here is the view of my blanketed legs in the dark):

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And finally a breakfast snack en route from Paris to Munich
- you can see my copy of Thomas Thorspecken’s “Urban Sketching” tucked into the seat pocket ;-)

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