Thursday, May 31, 2012

Broken Stone Panels

Broken Stone Panels, watercolors on paper, 12x16.5". My method of painting is to add one layer after another, as watercolor requires; I use best quality watercolor, German and English origin. Digitally remastered in order to enhance the contrast; approaches the true colors. Here is some related wisdom about the content of the picture. Abstract, but mystical.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Avoid a Landscape

Sure I did not want a landscape, but okay, it is a hill and the sky -- inevitably. You can't keep human eyes from seeing what isn't there. We are no robots. Yet, something works out fine, and that is the "transperancy" of the "boulders". Are they heavy or light? Solid or translucent?  Or can you see through the layers of the soil? (I am very fascinated by acheological methods of research without disturbing the ground.)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Beginning of a New Era (is the end of the one before)

Something new is happening.

But let me start where it begins. This painting I finished on Friday is double the size I used to do. It is about themes I've been dealing with during the last months; it became programmatic, that's tiring and leading me astray.
In a dream the other night (rather morning) I had a galerist; she said "well you have a whole lot of older work", and I said, "no, I'm going for a new start."  Looks like I'm redefining watercolor for myself. In the close-ups you can see that I'm using a very small paint brush for a paper format of about 12x18". The title of the first painting in this style is "Three Erratic Boulders".
No idea where this is leading me to. Thank heavens I don't.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Fabric in my shop

A watercolor painting showing an architectural scene in bright colors with golden stairs going up and down. The format is 1x1 squares, so you can cut in measure without a ruler. Available here

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Young bird and bright color

Maybe this is the little bird that got lost in our living room yesterday, maybe his brother or sister, they all look alike. I shared the little story on facebook, and today (s)he posed for my camera.
Just couldn't walk past these peonies! What a color! The picture is true to life. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Sunday Walk

Queen Mary II with exhibition and
sales tents in front
 The people of Hamburg love to celebrate the anniversary of receiving the harbour rights in 1189. Although the authenticity of this document is doubted, Hamburg authorities started this annual event in 1989; and as the Wall wasn't open yet, people in East Germany weren't able to participate. So, to compensate, the event was repeated, and, in spite of the original plans, the 801st birthday was celebrated, and then all the following.
I guess I'm too claustrophobic for a visit

The promenade
 We saw the cruise liner Queen Mary II and heard the steamwhistles greeting her which is an exiting sound for me, reminding of my childhood when we lived in hearing distance from the harbour. We crossed the square where the Sunday morning market had taken place, walking through the lovely old streets of southern St.Pauli quarter.
The building on the left belongs to the church and is a day home for children of the quarter. It is part of a site constructed from 1816 on; Napoleon had burnt down the whole place for strategic reasons. -- At last we reached the Paradise Court, one of the last remaining buildings from the time before 1800.
The "Paradise Court", a living building
from 1762 with reconstructed gables

And I found something on the flea market close to it: A jumbo cup and a small saucer for about $9 both, displayed on one of my older quilts.