The summer vegetation is saturated with greens which sometimes can be a bit boring subject for Plein Air work. For that reason I have taken an excursion into ink drawing recently and added three more entries to my sketch or drawing book with local landscapes.
Maulbronn Elfinger Hof is an ancient Cistercian “Grangie” a kind of agricultural business unit, mainly for fish and wine, still in operation these days on behalf of the government.
This is a view on one the very first small post WWII houses that are visible from the east entry of Maulbronn. Most of the place is hidden from the West view in the valley of the Salzach. A summer thunderstorm was coming up.
Lienzingen is a three-mile walk from Maulbronn. The center of the village still has many very old frame-work houses from the 16-18th century. There are intentions to put the inner historic area under conservation. There are some reminders left from the old barn and garden belt that usually surrounded those villages. The old decaying barns have been refurbished and cleaned up. Old wooden fences and sandstone poles around the gardens, traditional roof tiles and other details disappear step by step. The church is a remarkable example for a “fortress church” surrounded by a walls and moat just like a castle to provide protection for the inhabitants in case of warlike disputes.
This charcoal sketch from 2004 shows a previous closer view with some more sheds and less big trees around. The old roof tiles were still there.