We spent last Christmas floating down the Danube. Last year I had made a series of prints from my drawings of the Rhine riverbanks, which used some of the reflections on windows and water as part of the image. This time, I made the reflections the starting point of most of my drawings, choosing to focus on the windows that we normally look right through. Here are some pages from my sketchbook:
This is a mixture of the bridge, the street lights and the river running beneath, with a plant and the lights in the cabin.
Another window looked out to a church and had reflections from a window behind me.
The bridge again, this time drawn from a different angle.
This was an evening when people were dancing and many were waving their hands in the air – seen reflected in a window where I was watching the river go by.
A daytime view of winter river banks, when the sun was low and light flashed onto windows, making bright zig-zags and hints of rainbows.
Another daytime drawing, with detail in the windows reflected on windows.
Christmas Day in Budapest – lots of inside lights overlaying the views outside.
Now I’m looking forward to developing prints or paintings from these ideas. I like the feeling of starting the New Year with new ideas, although I still have a lot of work still in progress from last year!