From the life of a stoker


Sketchbook From the life of a stoker Last weekend we were on the road again with our Pino (tandem). I am called the stoker because I only support the propulsion, but have no influence on the course. Only the captain, … Read More

The Treasure Hunters

I don’t know what it’s all about that all of a sudden so many people are running around with metal detectors. Maybe I’m also missing the thrill of the excitement until the moment when the »treasure« reveals itself.   These … Read More

Maman, regarde! (Mom,look!)


It was a long time ago, but I remember it clearly as if it were yesterday. Maman, regarde! (Mum, look!), Gouache, 20×20, Astrid Volquardsen, 2021 It was a hot day outside the Louvre in Paris and we were waiting to … Read More

Westminster Abbey Choir

In May 2013 (my God it was a long time ago) I was sitting in the portico of Westminster Abbey’s cloister. It was so quiet and secluded from car traffic there, interrupted only by the bustle of the Westminster Abbeys … Read More



Backlight, Guoache, 2ox2o cm, Astrid volquardsen It was a hot day with blue skies as the woman stepped out of the National Gallery. The difference in lighting could not have been greater: The subdued light inside the Gallery and outside … Read More

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