Plein Air: Norderoogsand

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Foto: Marc Volquardsen, 2017

On Sunday it was time again for a trip to the wadden sea and the beautiful island of Norderoogsand. This time I wanted to pain plein air. I was really excited to start because I had only 90 minutes to complete my painting or at least get a start on this. I was standing with my feet in the warm water of a nearby tide-way, life was great. This is what I call living in the moment. No matter what the end result.

Foto: Marc Volquardsen, 2017

Wel,l the end result was somehow not what I had imagined. I was totally absorbed my surroundings that I had totally forgotten to put sun blocker on my feet.

Now I have a painful, but beautiful sunburn on my left foot. Quite nice shade of red.

At least I got the under painting and can finished the painting in my studio.

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Hygieia fountain in the courtyard of the townhall

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There are special places which inspire you and »beg to be painted« as a friend in America would say. This

Photo: Astrid Volquardsen, 2017

One of those places is the Hygieia fountain. I still had all my pastels from my workshop in Rügen and the weather was fine, so i went with them.

 

Photo: Astrid Volquardsen, 2017

What do you do when the idea is bigger than the format? You go for it anyway. It’s a study and I wanted to get at least this glorious green of  the head of the woman

in contrast to the background.

Photo: Marc Volquardsen, 2017

Photo: Marc Volquardsen, 2017

 

 

Photo, Marc Volquardsen, 2017

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Plein Air Pastel Tip #3 : The setup

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Foto: Svenja Starke, 2017

There’s a huge selection on easels available and you must find the one that fits you and your purse. I made a decision for the Mabef 23 for two reasons: I can use it in really windy situations. I rather won’t be able to draw a straight line with a brush than that my easel will be rurned over. If it gets too windy just place a bag with sand on the end of the easel. I also can use it for pastel and oil without needing an extra easel.

Furthermore I can attach the Best Brella easily.

Foto: Anne Fuchs, 2017

With my pastels I just place them on top of the drawer. Be aware that you might want to secure with an expander.

Foto: Astrid Volquardsen 2017

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Sketch: Hygieia fountain at the Hamburger town hall

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Sketch: Hygieia fountain, Guache and ink, 2017, Astrid Volquardsen

I was totally surprised that you have open access to the courtyard of the Hamburger town hall. I was immediately drawn to the fountain and it ticked off so many new ideas.

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Plein Air Pastel Tip #2

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You don’t want to fiddle around with paper sizes so that’s why I always cut in advance my format.
It’s important that you can secure your paintings in case of rain. So a quick and easy solution comes in handy.

Foto: Astrid Volquardsen 2017

I use multiple layers of transparent paper and tuck them together.

Foto: Astrid Volquardsen 2017

Foto: Astrid Volquardsen 2017

After finishing the painting I remove the tape and put it between the sheets of paper. Just in case the painting isn’t finished I can leave it on the gessobord.

Foto: Astrid Volquardsen 2017

After that I put it in a water proved bag.

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