Sketch: The old Elbe tunnel


Alter Elbtunnel (Skizze)

Canson Skizzenbuch 180/ Gouache, watercolour pencils, ink (edding 1800), © Astrid Volquardsen 2014

These summer days are so nice. Nice to sit outside and doing a sketch in the warm sun.

This is a view of the old Elbe tunnel, which was build in 1911. The workers of the old docks on the other side of the river could reach their workplace now much faster. Inside the domed structure the four elevators are located which could transport cars as well. I can clearly remember when in the 1970s my family drove through the tunnel with our VW Beetle till the city opened a new one in 1975. (Without elevators!)

Today the tunnel is undertaken a major renovating but it is still open to pedestrians.

On a note to those who like sketching or would love to do it. In the beginning I saw my sketchbook as kind of another workplace for my paintings, so every sketch had to be good. Well, this didn’t help my creativity nor my other work. It actually is kind of stupid and counterproductive. Sketching outside has helped me to have access to the world around me an gain access to my inner world and most importantly to live in the Here an Now. To enjoy and feel the moment. It doesn’t matter if the sketch looks fabulous, the moment will be remembered. Of course my ego likes it a lot if the sketch turns out nice..:-)

This sketch is the result of a Here and Now moment. You would like to go there as well? All you have to do is buy a sketchbook, get over the first stupid sketches and get on board in the Here and Now.


Foto © Astrid Volquardsen 2014

The other details I added at home and could do them from my memory.

1 Responses

  1. werner osterrath
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    ..als der neue Elbtunnel noch nicht da war,da war der alte Elbtunnel eine der wichtigsten Straßenverbindungen unter der Elbe:
    Werftarbeiter von Blohm und Voss, Stülcken Werft und Howald deutsche Werft nutzten ihn….
    In der 4. Klasse, glaube ich, haben wir Wandertag zum Elbtunnel gemacht …es war wohl 1963 (?)…..all die neuen Sachen…der Elbtunnel,die vielen Schiffe, dieser Geruch von Hafen..das alles hat mich nicht mehr losgelassen.
    …Heimatkunde in Hamburg….
    Es grüßt dich Werner Osterrath..das mit dem Skizzenbuch werde ich weiter verfolgen…….

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