Inspired to Draw

Watching my daughter’s budding artistic abilities and seeing other art makes me want to draw.

In school, I used to draw a lot.  I took art class until grade 10 in high school, and at that time, I’d done a fairly detailed drawing of my shoe.  That was actually one of our art projects, to draw our shoes.  We only had an hour to do it, too.  Mine turned out great, though I don’t know if we still have the picture.

I prefer drawing scenery, buildings, animals, and still life.  I don’t do portraits.  They always appear lifeless and rather scary.  The problem is with the eyes.  Everything else I can do well.

For Ariadne, I’m going to be drawing various examples of scenery, concept art for spacecraft, vehicles, buildings, plants, and animals.  They’ll mainly just be pencil drawings, as that’s what I’m most comfortable with.  Maps, though, will be done in pencil first, then drawn over on my computer.

Anyway, I was so excited to draw, I did this picture.

See? I’m terrible at portraits.

I’m just joking.  I’ll definitely be doing it on paper.  It’s not easy drawing with a laptop’s track pad.

What Is Germany?

We’ve come to the end of the top ten countdown of the countries that have visited this blog.  In tenth place is Germany!  With a total of 103 visits in 2014, that makes up 0.55% of the total views in the year.  If you are German, live in Germany, or have lived in or visited Germany, then please help me out.


The most influential, economically powerful, and most populous nation in the European Union has an area of 357,168 square kilometres, making it the 63rd largest in the world.  It has a population of 80,716,000, which is 16th in the world.  The capital and largest city is Berlin, which has a population of 3,562,166.  The official language is German.  The formation of Germany is rather complicated, but German Confederation was on June 8, 1815. It later split after World War II, and reunification was on October 3, 1990.  The head of state is the President (currently Joachim Gauck), and the head of government is the Chancellor (currently Angela Merkel). The government type is a federal parliamentary constitutional republic.

Germany is a nation filled with mountains, castles, beer, and sausages.  That just sounds wonderful.  It has a lot to see.  It also produces some high quality cars.  I’m a quarter German (from my maternal grandfather), so I’m quite interested in this country.  So, if you are German, live in Germany, or have lived in or visited Germany, then please answer these questions.

  1. What places would you say are the best to visit?
  2. What would you say is the truly German food?
  3. What is a truly German activity, sport, or pastime?
  4. For the readers out there, who is/was the greatest (or your favourite) German author?

Thank you for your help! Please share.  I look forward to reading your answers.