When dreams come true

Windstärke 4, Pastell, 50×75cm, 2010© Astrid Volquardsen

It’s not my dream, but still, it’s an exciting one…

A few years ago my family and I had this fantastic sailing cruise in a part of Denmark, which is called the Danish Carribean. The pastel (Wind-force 4) is a result from this trip. We were guest of one of the loveliest couple, we ever met, David and Ea. Back then, they were dreaming of a world cruise they wanted to undertake with their beautiful ship Yukon. Their time has finally come and next month they will be setting their sails. If you like, you can take part as a paying guest on this exciting voyage.

© Marc Volquardsen
© Marc Volquardsen

8 Responses

  1. Jala Pfaff
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    An amazing pastel!!

    I don't know anything about boats…but that one looks like a pirate ship to me. :)

  2. Werner Osterrath
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    ..Ich wünsche allen beteiligten allezeit gute Fahrt und immer eine Handbreit Wasser unterm Kiel.
    Dazu natürlich Mast und Schotbruch….!!!!

  3. Astrid Volquardsen
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    Hi Jala,
    thanks for the compliment.
    Regarding the pirat factor: You know what? You sometimes actually feel like a pirat, because the ship is a wooden one. After a couple of days on a ship, you certainly look like one…:-)

    Hallo Herr Osterrath,
    danke für die netten Wünsche, aber wir werden wohl nicht mit von der Partie sein.

  4. SamArtDog
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    This "wind-force 4" pastel was on the easel in your post about your air filter system last January 31st. It's one of my all-time favorite images – anywhere. It immediately caught my eye and reminded me of my father. I sent him the link to your post, but the computer was a stretch for him so I sent him a photograph of it (my apologies for copying it without your permission). He loved your painting as much as I do, and we talked about it many times in the past months.

    My dad was a great sailor, a man with seawater in his veins and a real wooden-boat man (he'd love the Yukon!), and he loved looking at your pastel. I just got back from his memorial service in Maine. The photo of "Wind-force 4" was on the table next to his bed. I wanted to let you know that it gave him joy. I think that's why we make art. Thanks for making yours.

  5. Astrid Volquardsen
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    Hi Sam,
    thanks for letting me know this. I know how much you loved your father and it's a honour if a true sailsman is touched by a painting like this. You're right, that's why we're making art. To capture a feeling and bring joy to someone who catches this feeling too. I must admit I'm deeply touched right now, so thanks again.

  6. Brian McGurgan
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    Wow, stunning pastel Astrid. I thought it was a photo at first. It gives such a beautiful sense of the sail and clouds – that must have been a wonderful trip.

  7. Astrid Volquardsen
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    Hi Brian,
    thanks. Yes, it was one of those trips, where you're soul is deeply touched.

  8. loriann
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    WOW! Beautiful Astrid. I LOVE the daring composition. A direct contrast to the super realism..makes beautiful tension.

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