I fell down a rabbit hole. There exists an Urban Sketchers Switzerland, and the Zurich sketch event this weekend is part of its yearly symposium. Angst level 11.

I thought I would join the Urban Sketchers Bern on Saturday at Sechseläutenplatz to check out the group. Moving from the on-line world to In Real Life (IRL) is always a bit of a crap shoot. But, instead of a cozy dozen or so people from Bern, it’s two hundred people from all over the world — who actually paid to do art.

So, I’m practicing again: for speed. I got the time down to two hours forty-five minutes; so there’s still some way to go to hit two hours. Although, to be fair, I talked to a guy for fifteeen minutes.

He suggested leaving it as a pencil sketch — probably because I showed him my two previous sad attempts. But, I watercoloured it anyway, even though not doing it would save a half hour.

Even in this smaller sketchbook format, it’s easy to get lost doing detailed pencil, so don’t look too closely at the area below the nave-tower junction. To my credit, in the interest of time, I didn’t erase it and re-do it.

I still lack that loose, natural feel you see in good art from a real artist, but it does have a few paint spots à la @gretared style.

Data Description
Title Münsterplattform
Artist Derrick Oswald
Medium Watercolour and pencil on acid-free paper
Dimensions (w × h cm) 14.8 × 21
Date 2023

watercolour and pencil of the Münsterplattform in Bern - looking north-west towards the Münster



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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