I got to Amsterdam yesterday and am delighted to be here. I'm looking forward a mix of sketching and sitting in museums this week. Above is my first full watercolor, a scene I did a quicker journal sketch of last time I was here.
Yesterday I was pretty groggy and mostly walked and went through a couple of rooms of the Rijksmuseum. I did a few quick sketches there. These statues reminded me so much of the characters in Alice in Wonderland that I wonder if Tenniel saw them before doing his illustrations. I get the same feeling from the fanciful knights atop the Hotel de Ville in Paris.
I have also revisited my favorite coffee shop here and done a couple of sketches, one yesterday and a couple today.
Sammie, the resident cat, came to join me, and I was trying to sketch him, but he ended up purring in my lap instead. A good substitute.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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