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I L L U S T R A T I O N S – inspired by aimless ramblings of the streets

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence April 22, 2014

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hosted their 35th annual Easter celebration this Sunday. I have included some comments overheard at the event that add a little storyline to my drawings. You will probably still wonder what all this is about- google ‘hunky Jesus’. If you are religious however, you may want to skip this one.

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Oliver, your visual flaneur

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life on the beach April 19, 2014

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On this trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica we came across a lot of beaches. Long beaches, wide beaches, sandy beaches, rocky beaches, beaches to go snorkeling, beaches to go surfing – you name it. The list goes on and on. But one thing we didn’t come across were beaches packed with people. All in all animals outnumbered humans, I am certain. And here is the  proof.

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No one around.

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Just dogs…

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chicken and roosters…

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…parrots…

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…and cows.

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See? I told you.

Oliver, your visual flaneur

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where they love…for a living April 14, 2014

Filed under: Pen & Ink,Reportage Drawing,Urban Sketches — visualflaneur @ 7:50 pm
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She is on the phone and does her nails as we sit down next to them. We are waiting for a bus to leave San Jose airport. She and the other girl next to her are also waiting for something. They look bored and hardly talk. They are friendly to each other, but aren’t friends. After a while, two middle aged men approach from the airport terminal. One in shorts and a polo shirt, the other in slacks wearing a baseball cap -  ‘Betty Ford clinic’ .  The men grin and excitement is apparent in their eyes as they approach. The girls put on a professional smile as they welcome their foreign visitors. ‘Let’s go and get a car.’ Girltourism2modsmall Girltourism1modsmall.

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Oliver, your visual flaneur

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be(er)culiarities April 10, 2014

‘You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline.

[...] at the very least you need beer.’

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/frankzappa134155.html#v4idrJRcpvcjemuX.99

~ Frank Zappa

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Tona, Imperial, Victoria – I’ll have any of them happily. One peculiarity is that bottles are often served with a tissue wrapped around the bottle neck. In a more upscale bar, sometimes a second tissue is wrapped around the center of the bottle. You may think this dress up is to absorb condensing water drops, but no, apparently it is for – not further defined – ‘hygienic reasons’ . I have yet to figure out how to use them to protect my health. Maybe it’s just me.

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Oliver, your visual flaneur

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Costa-Nica April 4, 2014

Filed under: Miscellaneous — visualflaneur @ 8:34 pm

‘Pura Vida’

~ Costa Rican greeting

 

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Map of Costa Rica and Nicaragua

 

I have been traveling for a while. Not long enough to explain my lack of recent posts. For this, only I am to blame. But if you happened to wait for a drawing or some random social commentary, I will make it up to you. I have a sketchbook filled with scribbles from Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Get used to some of the locations by staring at the map.

More to come.

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Oliver, your visual flaneur

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Vienna’s Central Cemetery January 17, 2014

Filed under: Pen & Ink,Reportage Drawing,Urban Sketches,Vienna,Watercolor — visualflaneur @ 8:08 pm
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Half the size of Zurich and twice as much fun…

~ how Viennese refer to the Zentralfriedhof, according to Wikipedia

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… and yet I had never been there. But on a recent visit to Austria I compensated and went there twice. How strongly the Austrian soul revealed itself in this environment! The drawings are annotated with bits of conversations overheard on the grounds. They may not translate well, but I did it anyway. You are welcome.

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…the way he lay there, he made such a pleasant impression. Don’t you think?

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Would that be something?

on the sign: This mausoleum is for purchase. Interested parties – report at the info-point of the cemetery…

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Barbara Hrdlicka. Ah, has he had married her. Such an ugly grave.

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Hilde.

Ah yes Hilde… she is still to come…

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Hans Kann. He’s the one we have been to the piano concert.

That’s where I have said – Let’s go once more, he is quite old already.

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Oliver, your visual flaneur

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May in Vienna September 1, 2013

Filed under: Pen & Ink,Reportage Drawing,Urban Sketches,Vienna,Watercolor — visualflaneur @ 8:16 pm

I came across a bunch of drawings I made on a trip to Vienna this May:

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a guided group of tourists at Stephansplatz

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the museum of natural history with local traffic

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the opera

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a popular destination to catch a ‘fiaker’ (a horse drawn carriage )

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the palmenhaus – a place for a coffee or a drink

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Cafe Prueckel – where angels may watch over you and your coffee

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close by is Stubenbruecke with statues by Franz West…

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…and Stadtpark

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Landstrasze – drawn while walking

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a house being ‘decorated’ by birds

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a Buergerhaus close to Naschmarkt

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the Urania, an observatory, in the back

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Strandbar Herrmann – the ‘beachbar’ of Vienna

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… and where else would pharmacies and pubs share a sign?

Take care

Oliver, your visual flaneur

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