Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Main Valley





















This July my watercolour painting mentor Gaby welcomed me to paint along with her and three other artists in the Main Valley. Rainer organized the trip and was our location scout. Great fun, beautiful weather and great people. This view is from above the very steep vineyards onto Main river.
Im Juli hatte ich die Gelegenheit zusammen mit meiner Mentorin Gaby und drei anderen Künstlern am Main zu malen. Rainer organisierte das Ganze und wählte die Spots aus an denen wir malen konnten. Grosser Spass, gutes Wetter und super Leute. Das Aquarell zeigt einen Blick von den Weinbergen auf den Main.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Casino


















Quick sketch from a balcony close to the sea. Imagine the seagulls sound in your ears. 
Eine Skizze von einem Balkon am Meer. Man kann den Gesang der Möwen fast hören.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Snorkelling



















This picture flashed me while looking through a leaflet at the hotel. Snorkelling is big fun.
Aus einem Prospekt im Hotel stammt das Foto zu dieser Skizze. Schnorcheln ist klasse.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Two boats





















A few days ago I posted a similar sketch of two boats. This is another view of the marina.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bonolzhof


























This painting is a bigger one done in the studio from a photo reference. 
You see a view direction Burgberg (a small mountain with a red tower on top - a landmark in Hohenlohe as the region is rather flat). It shows a November day - very clear view - no leaves on the trees anymore. Maybe this is a bit of a contrast to the beautiful summer weather we have outside today.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pizza





















This is part of a Pizza sign. We mostly had beautiful Portuguese food, but also great Italian Pizza. I used a simple black pen which bled out a bit when I put the watercolour onto it. Need to change pens.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mole Portimao



















This is a view down from the Castle in Portimao. A little breeze and beautiful weather...

Monday, August 22, 2016

In Bad Aibling



















The week-end before I spent some time with friends in Bad Aibling. A super relaxed and beautiful town in Bavaria. I did not have time to paint on site so I did it afterwards.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bourgogne














































Bourgogne is a beautiful region in France. It is the place where the famous Dijon mustard and good wines are made.  I'd like to show you three steps from the beginning to the end of my painting. Although usually I nearly can't stop when I am "in the flow" I urged myself to stop in between to take the reference photos. No underpainting here and I worked from dark to lighter colours.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Castelos




















Castelos is one of the nice beach bars in Portimao. Maybe the best one with friendly staff and excellent coffee...you see I am always in the coffee mood...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Black Ship


















Today again a sketch from Portugal. This was a fast one from the Cafe at Tivoli Marina. While sipping an espresso you have a beautiful view over the river.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nevers Canal

























This is a painting of the "Canal Lateral à la Loire" (which has a side branch to a little harbour in Nevers). On each side of the water you can easily bike and walk. For this one the most interesting aspect were the beautiful old trees alongside the waterway throwing their shadows onto the water and the sideways.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Auberge du Pont Canal

























Mid August usually is the time for me to get into the "France-mood" and pack my stuff to leave for a while. This year everything is different, but as I am thinking about France a lot I painted the Auberge du Pont Canal close to the old and very beautiful town of Nevers in the middle of France.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nosy Balcony

























This is my first dog painting. My best friend shot the reference photo in Schwabach, Bavaria

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hunting Lodge












This is my second one of the day in Bad Windsheim.
I did not finish as we were tired, hungry and there was a nice Vernissage in the afternoon in order to show all the masterpieces which we couldn't miss.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Aumühle










On Sunday I went to a "painters get-together" in Bad Windsheim along with three painting friends. We sat in the shadow under huge trees, painted the above building of the old Aumühle and chatted with other painters and people coming by. What a relaxed weekend.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ferragudo





















I tried to capture a part of the tiny fishing village of Ferragudo. About three years ago we met Rolf Osang (author of various books) there in a beautiful small gallery in town. He told us that there was a larger ARTE ALGARVE exhibition in Lagoa in an old winery. It was fantastic and every time we went there, we saw extraordinary paintings. But when we came back this April again, there was nothing anymore...does anyone know what happened to ARTE ALGARVE?

Friday, August 5, 2016

We went to Portugal in April to advance summer a bit. The Algarve coast offers a lot of nice spots to draw and everywhere you find beautiful things to chose from for your next drawing. As time is limited you have to check out the best or easiest accessible views and take photos of everything else...  I took a very small sketchbook with me (12,5 x 9 cm), a simple black pen and only a few coloured pencils as space was limited for this short trip. I'll post some of these little sketches soon.

Little Red Riding Hood



















Algarve Flower



This is a view from above the cliffs on praia da rocha.