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Pollard willows | Kopfweiden

These pollard willows were unusually tiny. I hope you agree: they are very wee. But the branches were very orange and just beautiful! So I couldn’t resist even though it’s always a risk to sketch something that looks unusual – it tends to look like the sketcher got the proportions wrong. Diese Kopfweiden waren extrem…

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The old bridge at Plaue | Plauer Brücke

I remember this bridge being the only bridge leading into Plaue which is beautifully situated on the river Havel near my hometown. The bridge carried pedestrians, cyclists, cars and trams. Whichever way you crossed it, excitement was in store because the bridge was quite narrow. Well, it still is but now cyclists and pedestrians have…

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Old Chapel | Alte Kapelle

This week, I happend to travel deep into the Berlin hinterland. I was shown (by a very friendly research participant – this was a work trip) to this little wooden chapel. It is tiny, measuring barely 10 x 15 m or so. In the past it had been used for worship and as a funeral…

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Rehearsal | Chorprobe

Last night at church: two soloists and a small orchestra were rehearsing for the big Bach cantata which will be presented on Sunday. The choir singers came a bit later. It just so happened that I had to show the church to two artist friends. I lingered after they had left, sat on the bench…

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Thuringia | In Thüringen

Many years ago, in my first research post actually, I conducted a survey in psychiatric clinics. Only a few clinics were sampled, and one of them was situated in the hill country of Thuringia way in the South. I had driven for hours, administered the survey and was on my way back home (more driving)…

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Bleak pastures | Trübe Weide

I participated in a design workshop last evening where I learned, among other things, how I can add interest to my paintings. Looking at this morning’s plein air effort of bleak pastures, I feel that I took the suggestion to make one strong colour pop locally so as to add contrast to the painting to…

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Daily painting | Jeden Tag malen

What’s the use of daily painting? I started painting whenever I could about two years ago. Because my goal was to paint a lot in order to get better quickly I didn’t mind producing tosh in between. I was actively trying to learn from those attempts that didn’t work (though it’s hard, always). I realise…