I made another trip into Bern today to practice ‘en plein air’ painting. It rained.

This painting is of a tourelle or corbelled turret, also called an oriel window if it is just to make bay windows that stick out from a building like this. These are my favorite architectural feature, even more than crenellations.

The building is oberes (or upper) ‘Mayhaus’, because there is an ‘unteres’, or lower, Mayhaus in Bern further down the street. The tourelle is from 1735–40, added a hundred and twenty seven years after the building was constructed, and renovated between 1975 and 2004.

The detail in the painting is not great. I failed to portray the guy at the bottom, and I ham-fisted the sandstone filigree. Oh well, practice is practice.

Data Description
Title Mayhaus
Artist Derrick Oswald
Medium Watercolour and pencil on acid-free, cellulose, fine-grained, natural-white paper
Dimensions (w × h cm) 29.7 × 42
Date 2023

watercolour of Oberes Mayhaus in Bern Switzerland

original photograph of Mayhaus



A Canadian electrical engineer living in Switzerland, developing software for over 40 years, e.g. big data for electric distribution utilities and the cloud security space, but now retired.

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