Plein Air: Cherry Blossom at the Alsterlake

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Is there something more beautiful than this glorious spring day after this long and cold winter? A most beautiful morning, all the people are in a good mood, light everywhere, and the cherry trees are in full blossom.

I stand in front a  music university and the breeze is bringing me the sounds of a students aerie. Sigh. Cherry blossoms are falling down the tree. A 4 year old comes along with her mother, stands in awe, throws her arms in the air and shouts: »Mum, it’s snowing.«

At the end of the week I will be back, finishing this painting.


Sketch: Hamburger Colonaden

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For the last weeks it has been a bit quiet on my blog. First there were the workshops and now its spring and I am hunting for my next motivs. Before I go into the oilpainting I investigate the scene with my pencil sketch.

Sketch; Colonaden; Astrid Volquardsen


Sketch: Das Hardenbergsche Haus or the home of the gardener

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Das Hardenbergsche Haus, Goucha, pencil, ink


Last week I was giving two pastel workshops in Hannover. In between I had a break which I intended to use to sketch at the Herrenhäuser Gardens.

The Gardens are a heritage of the kings of Hannover. »The Great Garden has always been one of the most distinguished baroque formal gardens of Europe« (wikipedia) and I wanted to spend some time there. But a storm was coming in and even though the sun was shining, a fierce wind was blowing from the east and it made it impossible to sketch outside. So I took refuge  in my car and did a sketch of the house of the gardener. Well, he actually derives from a noble family and hold the position of a privy councillor.


Biike 2018

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Last night we went to the island of Sylt to celebrate the tradition Biike. Something like a big bonfire. It was the first time we had no wind and rain from left to right but a glory on the firmaments sky.

Foto: Marc Volquardsen, 2018

Foto: Marc Volquardsen 2018

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