Madeira – Plein Air on top of Pico do Aieiro

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The peak of the second highest mountain of Madeira can be reached by car. So one day I went up there to paint plein air at sunrise. In complete solitude I happily painted my view and tremendously enjoyed the light and warm wind, while some swallows swirled around me and big bumble bees took a closer look at my pastels.
After an hour or so some hikers started their tour and at 9: 30 the place was packed with busloads of tourist. (See Madeira in one day!) To top this all of a sudden the air was blasted with pan pipes, playing »Memories« from the musical Cats. The Andes Music band is about everywhere!

Plein Air am Pico do Aieiro (I)

© Astrid Volquardsen 2012

Plein Air am Pico do Aieiro (I)

© Astrid Volquardsen 2012

I graped my things and fled to the other side of the mountain.
During the morning hours light changes quickly and if you have only limited time this rule helps: Simplify the shapes and values, don’t overwork.

Plein Air am Pico do Aieiro (II)

© Astrid Volquardsen 2012

Plein Air am Pico do Aieiro (II)

© Astrid Volquardsen 2012

5 Responses

  1. Casey Klahn
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    Astrid! Your work in the mountains is the equal of your work at the sea. I want to see more! Fantastic!

    • Astrid
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      Hi Casey,
      thanks so much. Well, lets see what I can do about it….

  2. Steffi Decker
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    Ach wie schön! Das erinnert mich an unsere Madairareise. Die Felsen haben so wunderbare Farben.

    LG. Steffi

  3. Luzia
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    Von Deinen Bergwelten bin ich ebenso begeistert wie von Deinen Seeimpressionen.
    Dieses Licht in den Bergen ist atemberaubend schön!
    LG
    Luzia

  4. Claudia
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    Tolle Momente hast du da eingefangen. Man spürt richtig, wie tief die Schluchten zwischen den Bergen sind! Ich freue mich sehr auf weitere Bilder von deinem Madeira Urlaub!

    LG Claudia

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