Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Anselm Kiefer @ The National Gallery of Art

Here's one I've been tinkering with for a looooooong time. In September, Nicole and I went to Washington, D.C. for my cousin Erin's wedding. We took an extra day and visited the National Gallery of Art on the Mall. It was something I'd really wanted to share with Nicole and it was an incredible experience. We spent most of our time in the East Building which contains the contemporary collection (20th Century). Nicole was particularly drawn to this massive mural by Anselm Kiefer. I took a picture and began this sketch after the fact (October sometime?). I've been poking at it ever since...trying to capture some of the rich textures in the original, experimenting with different cross-hatching techniques, various pens and pencils...It still doesn't feel quite finished but I'm going to put it to bed as is.