The effect of seeing original paintings


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

Größere Ansicht im Portfolio

Icing ( on the Alster) Oil on linen


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


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.

Plein Air: From up above. The Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg


View from the Riverside, 18×24cmoil on canvas, 2017 Astrid Volquardsen

I was invited by the management of the  Impire Riverside Hotel to paint from one of their rooms on the 18th floor.The hotel is directly located above the harbour. What a view, what a treat for a girl from Hamburg. And what clouds we had. The day before the storm Xavier hit north Germany and left Hamburg and it’s surroundings a little bit of chaos. But it brought also glorious clouds and rays of sunshine.

Foto, Astrid Volquardsen


 Foto: Astrid Volquardsen, 2017

Foto, Astrid Volquardsen, 2017

View from the Riverside. Sun, clouds, rain .. I couldn’t keep up with the fast changing weather. So I did this one color study and stayed to sketches and photographs which are waiting to be transfferred to bigger paintings.


April shower


April shower, oil board, 22×30cm, 2017, Astrid Volquardsen

The warm sunny days will be leaving soon and I can finally post one of my paintings from April. These kind of clouds are my favourite ones.

Well, or maybe the summer clouds when they’re moving so slow and you can almost see the pin sticking to them and holding  it tight. Easy to paint this way.

Or, maybe the storm chaser clouds from autumn. If you don’t pay attention it will be gooonnnnneeeeeeeeeee.


Samstags und Sonntags: 10 bis 19 Uhr

Montag bis Freitag: 15 bis 19 Uhr

Vernissage: Samstag 4. November um 15 Uhr

Live an der Staffelei- Ölmalerei:

Samstag 4. November um 17 Uhr

Live an der Staffelei- Ölmalerei

Samstag 11. November um 15 Uhr

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