Cemetery and witch tower Maulbronn, ink drawing

Wednesday, den 18. September 2013

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 […]

Rural pasture, illusions of unspoiled pre-industrial landscape views

Friday, den 30. August 2013

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 […]

Not cut yet – drawing the tree trunk again

Sunday, den 25. August 2013

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 […]

Impressions from the landscape garden Bad Muskau

Thursday, den 15. August 2013

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 […]

Seeing and drawing foreshortenings, tree trunk and a left hand

Wednesday, den 10. October 2012

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 […]

Trees over jazz and rock discography

Friday, den 31. August 2012

I found an old paperback on my book shelf an AKAI Jazz and rock discography from the 1980′s and could not resists to use it a sketchbook for quick landscape notes. The drawing is made with a Pentel ink brush pen, a tool that I can highly commend.