Thursday, May 25, 2017

twins

Everytime I paint outside with water colors I get impatient because I have to wait for the individual layers to dry. Today I tried painting on two sketches in parallel so the left side can dry while I work on the right side. It was fun.




Thursday, May 18, 2017

visiting R&P

Every time I visit Leamington Spa I am fascinated by the English houses











































and by the beautiful parks. I have spent a whole morning in Jephson Gardens sketching some trees.


























It's already a tradition to visit S. in her allotments.




I tried to sketch R. with Billy 


























and for P. was no more time left. We had to leave for dinner.


































Friday, March 24, 2017

Figure drawing

Some weeks ago I joined a class of figure drawing in the VHS Hamburg led by Mona Wolfs. More than 20 years ago I was also teaching figure drawing over a period of 7 years and Mona was my favorite model. After that she studied art and became an artist. Today I am taking part in her class.

These are quick sketches of Mona drawn by me in my class 1995.


 

Drawing nude again after a break of 20 years is a very good experience for me. I really don't care about the results, I just enjoy playing and experimenting with my different material. I feel totally free and the two and a half hours are rushing by. 























Last Wednesday I wanted to catch this special situation of a naked model posing in a middle of a room, where people are sitting around, watching and drawing him.


 






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Holiday in Tel Aviv, my home town

To break the long and cold winter in Hamburg my husband and I went for two weeks to Tel Aviv, my home town, to get some sun, meet family and friends and to enjoy the city where I grew up.

We hired a nice flat in the old north of Tel Aviv. It had a large window with a beautiful street view. Every morning after breakfast while G. was busy with Trump news and parodies, I was sketching the view through the window.







I love walking in the streets of Tel Aviv. My mother, who was born in England and missed the english way of life and architecture, used to tell me that Tel Aviv is full of life but very ugly. I, who live now in northern europe, and miss the Israeli way of life, find that Tel Aviv is beautiful. With the years Tel Aviv became a very green City. The trees and bushes got bigger and are decorating houses and streets. And – there are many benches all over – perfect for an urban sketcher.






Tel Aviv is noisy, crowded and all cafes and restaurants are always full of people. It gives an impression of a big celebration and that nobody is working in this city.








At the end of our long walks we ended always on the beach, usually Gordon Beach, where I spent a lot of time in my young days. Watching the sea, having a KARICH SABICH (Sandwich with eggplant, egg and tahini) and soaking up the sun's rays for the cold days in Hamburg.