Today I received the proof prints of my new publication “Touring the residual landscape” which is now ready for purchase on Blurb.
Blurb has done a good job again. The print on the creme white uncoated paper imitates the original look of the ink drawings on handmade indian album paper with little specs of plant parts very well, much beyond my expectations. I like the booklet a lot, it’s kind of cool to have it in hands and leaf through the pages.
The layout is very simple, the same as in the original. Only the semi transparent silk kraft paper sheet between the pages is missing. The drawings are scaled to the format of the Blurb book using the maximum width. Those drawings that have been drawn in landscape format with the book turned by 90° are reprinted the same way.
The witch tower at the very West of the fortifications at the Cistercian abbaye Maulbronn was built 1441. There is no documentation for the origin of naming the tower “witch tower”.
It is a five-story building in big, impressive sandstone masonry. I placed my tripod chair in the old cemetery, a lovely place with cypress hedges and Robinia trees cut in balloon form.
Chances are good that this ink drawing shows my final destination.
About half a mile from here the local gambling shop was robbed on a sunny Sunday morning. The railroad runs behind a curtain of trees not far away as the road, busy with cars and lorries. There is the permanent sough of wheels on asphalt and steel in the air. The cows are hidden from my view, but I see their traces in the branches of trees and bushes pruned as far as the mouth can reach. It been like this for decades now.
Plum tree trunk,ink on paper
I seem never to get tired of looking at trees. There is a remote place about 20 minutes walk from my home amidst the fields and meadows were some plum trees grow unattended, just not cut yet by the farmers who plow through the root area, damage the branches and don’t care in many ways. The fruits are for the animals. This year the plums are still green in August. Hidden from the eyes of walkers and motorists I draw the neglected,weathered plum tree trunk, perhaps they are gone next year.
Landscape garden Bad Muskau,ink drawing in leporello sketch book,(Pentel brush pen)
Fürst Pückler (1786-1871) is one of the most peculiar persons I have ever heard about. I still need to read his famous memoir, but I already studied a bit of his remarks on landscape gardens. Landscape gardening was the ultimate obsession of the man who spent his fortune on two landscape gardens, the park Branitz near Cottbus and the other at Bad Muskau.
Pückler even traveled to England to find a second wife who could finance his garden projects,but this project failed.
For most people drawing foreshortening is difficult and I am no exception. I remember very well my first exercise from the Bert Dodson book “Keys to drawings” (my favorite drawing books on amazon). He requests the reader to draw the own left or right hand with the fingers pointing to the viewer. That exercise gets the right side of the brain in action. To close one eye helps a lot. It stops the left side of the brain interfering again and again suggesting that those fingers should be drawn longer. I commend to try yourself to get that funny feeling inside your head
Ball pen sketch of the left hand, drawing exercise to learn foreshortening.