The glow of copper roofs (oilpainting of Hamburg)

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Last week I finished the painting »The glow of copper roofs«. It goes without saying that this is one of the most beautiful views Hamburg has to offer. Now it has to dry completely before I put on the varnish.

Astrid Volquardsen - Leuchtende Kupferdächer - Öl auf Leinwand (50×110 cm)

Astrid Volquardsen -The glow of copper roofe, oil on canvas (50×110 cm)


Astrid Volquardsen - Leuchtende Kupferdächer - Öl auf Leinwand (50×110 cm - Ausschnitt)
Astrid Volquardsen – Leuchtende Kupferdächer – Öl auf Leinwand (50×110 cm – Ausschnitt)



Life is for living

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Set goals, go for it and then just enjoy living and stop worrying. You alone are responsible for the colors that fill your blank canvas of life. No one else.

I want to thank all the people who bought a painting of mine, attended a workshop, came to my exhibitions or touched my life. Thank you.


The effect of seeing original paintings

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After this exhibition, I (again) am surprised how big the difference is between viewing and judging a painting  in the internet and seeing it as an original in an exhibition.

I think the people tend to forget that there is no such neutral viewing through internet and print media. Probably over 90% of how we look at  paintings, are over smart phones/ tablets and computers. But there isn’t a single one that can accurately achieve the likeness of a painting. The instant we see the picture the opinion has formed and is set in stone. But you can’t depict the color nuances, brush strokes, how pigments glow and the size of a painting and the impact it will have on you, if watched via Smart phone or print media.

My advice: Go to as many exhibitions as possible and see with your own eyes the difference it can make.



Aprilschauer (über der Außenalster) 22×30cm, Öl, Astrid Volquardsen, 2017

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Icing ( on the Alster) Oil on linen

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Icing,Oil on linen, 30×71cm, 2017, Astrid Volquardsen
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Last winter I went back to Hamburg in the freezing cold to catch a glimpse of the icing, before it was all gone. I just love the sound when one of the Alster boats cracks the ice open.

Plein Air Studie Astrid Volquardsen 2017

Plein Air Studie Astrid Volquardsen 2017


Woman with mirror, Hygieia Fountain

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Hygieia Fountaun, Woman with mirror, 18×24cm, 2017
Astrid Volquardsen

There are places the moment you enter them you immediately know that there is something special about it. This is a must go in the summer: the courtyard of the Hamburger town hall.

Originally build in 1896 in memorandum of the 8000 victims of the cholera epidemic and to mark it’s special meaning of how important it is to have access to fresh water.

I returned several times to this place and was really taken by the warm glow of the red parasol which reflected with a warm glow on the wall.

In my next post I explain how I obtained that warmth.

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