My Beautiful Broken Mind

Not long ago I saw a lecture by Swami Sarvapriyananda on youtube, in which he quoted the famous German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer:

“In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life and it will be the solace of my death.”

The Bhagavad Gita is described as the essence of the Upanishads, writes Swami Ranganathananda in his book The Universal Message of the Bhagavad Gita: Its message is universal, practical, strengthening and purifying. A science of human development and fulfillment. 700 Verses in 18 chapters, full of beautiful ideas, so relevant to the times in which we are living.

Now: yesterday I was checking Netflix for recently added movies and found one that seemed interesting to me. It was a documentary about a woman that suffered a stroke at 34 years old. I don’t want to give anything away, but the first thing you see on screen is a quote from the Upanishads. This will be a good movie to watch, I thought. And it was absolutely brilliant! So I wanted to share it’s trailer here:

I’m still in awe: how beautifully eloquent she speaks despite the aphasia! It seems like that what comes from the soul has no limitations…


Charcoal pencil, about 15 minutes – but I finished earlier; trying to avoid drawing too much, hoping to catch the pose only with the most necessary lines.

The next sketch the same, with pencil.

Still a lot of practice is needed, foreshortening, hands and feet, anatomy, and more. I’m looking forward to the next session after the Easter holidays.

Have a lovely Sunday 🙂

Monique on Sunday

After an intermission that was not planned, here some drawings of this morning. Monique is a wonderful model with a perfect musculature, which is always interesting to draw. The first 2 sketches (charcoal) were 5 minutes poses.


Then I continued on smaller paper (30/42cm) with pencil and finished them off with a few lines with a pen, the poses were 10 min, the last one I think 15 min.



Then the final poses were 2 minutes each and I decided to draw them directly with a pen, so I couldn’t erase anything. Funny, that it still feels like this takes some courage.Monique

Cat sitting


Am cat sitting for 2 weeks, so I thought let’s give it a try to draw her. I just had started when she thought it was very interesting 🙂

And then she took over…DeeDee draws

So I’m having a little break from drawing until I’m home again.