A pencil drawing of a Paddle Steamer on the Danube by Dennis Melling

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My graphite pencil drawing of an old scene on the Danube in Romania 1750 views on 27/03/2014.
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The River Danube ( Blue Danube) is the longest river in the EU and second longest in Europe as a whole.
The river originates in the Black Forest in Germany as the Brigach and Breg rivers. These join at the German town Donaueschingen, after which it is known as the Danube and now flows for a distance of 2850 km, passing through 10 countries, before emptying into the Black Sea in Romania.
The river has long been recognised as a thing of beauty and still attracts awe and reverence from the beholder. The waltz ‘The Blue Danube’ written in 1867 by Johann Strauss, became the symbol of imperial Vienna and still holds an important place in the world today.


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  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...over 3 years ago

    WOW! Amazing work!

  • Many , many, thanks for your comment and placing my sketch in the Feature Gallery :)
    A nice way to start the New Year :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    Congrats Dennis, viewing your work I feel like beeing home :)
    Have a blessed 2011 ♥

  • Thank you Mary :)
    This is ‘sort of’ a view of what Severin ‘might’ have looked like in the early days :)
    I do a magazine of the village where we live, which tracks the life of the village through all seasons, perhaps you would like to check it out?
    The pig and goat in the ‘Christmas in Barda’ section belong to the local priest and they wander about the village at will.
    Happy New Year

    – Dennis Melling

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 3 years ago

    Such beautiful work!!! Very detailed, I like it :))))))))))))))

  • Thank you Vicki :0

    I am just a beginner artist and my ‘style’ varies from image to image perhaps, when I grow up, I might settle on a ‘me’ style :0


    – Dennis Melling

  • alexofalabama
    alexofalabamaover 3 years ago

    Very good for a beginner. All the basic elements in perspective, horizon line, linear perspective, and the reduced size of the town in the background. Keep up the effort. I call sketching and drawing, my poor mans hobby, because a piece of blank paper (on one side anyway) and a pencil, are cheap. Even a piece of coal, and a cave wall is available to a drawing artist. I started serious sketching at age 42, and I still enjoy it today at age 56. :)

  • Many thanks Alex your comments are very much appreciated :)

    My first attempts (this was acrylic painting and lasted for about 1 year, stopping when I moved from Devon to Gibraltar) were made in about 1995.
    Nothing until 2006, when I was released from hospital after a heart by-pass operation and restarted my acrylic painting. This episode ended when I moved to Romania at the beginning of 2008.
    Now, in Romania and in 2010 at the age of 68, I started to sketch and draw at quite a rate.
    The only instruction I have ever received was in engineering and technical drawing, whilst at school and the majority of my drawings see my blank paper covered in perspective lines before I start :)



    – Dennis Melling

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    Featured Work April 16th, 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Many thanks Mary :)

    It is always wonderful to see my drawings in the Feature Gallery.



    – Dennis Melling

  • linmarie
    linmariealmost 3 years ago

    yes, yes, yes,, this has it all,, love it, I can just see the story.. feel the time in which it took place, you really took us back my friend, amazing work, peace and love linmarie

  • Thank you for your wonderful comments linmarie :)
    The Danube is just at the end of our road and there is very little that is modern there and so with my drawings I try to exaggerate the age of my scenes.
    Best wishes

    – Dennis Melling

  • Try my computer enhanced version:


    – Dennis Melling

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...about 2 years ago

    (PLEASE READ:=> I’m giving awards out to six works for each member at a time so be sure to SUBMIT ALL SIX as soon as possible!)_

    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
    Thanks, DeeZ!

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work Dennis

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Keala3 months ago

    3/27/14 This is outstanding Dennis!

  • Thank you very much Leigh :)
    We have an apartment quite close to the Danube and when I first came to Romania I was at the Danube most days.
    Now that we have restored the house in the country our visits to the town are very few and far between although, because our house is at 420m, we can still see the Danube in the valley below.

    – Dennis Melling

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