Childhood Memory

Another one of the prompts for #WorldWatercolorMonth.

I remember those things on the playgrounds and never understood the full purpose of them. I am the one on the far right, desperately trying to get up. Or hanging on for dear life. It was always one or the other.

Which one are you?

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At the Dreisam in Freiburg, Germany

Travelled to Switzerland and Germany last week, hence the break on the aerial themed illustrations for the #WorldWatercolorMonth. But I will continue from where I left off in the next week.

Until then, sketch from yesterday. I had a fabulous day with excellent company. We were sunbathing at the Dreisam river in Freiburg. Despite 35 degrees celsius I managed to get these two sketches done. Loved being in the sun for a week. Unfortunately it didn´t last long and I am back to the harsh reality of wet Icelandic summer again.

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My friend Elise, having a nap in the afternoon sun. The grass is completely dried out and burned as it hasn´t rained in weeks.

180729 Dreisam Freiburg Elise

Illustrations

I was asked again last year by one of the editors of the 14 Magazin, a magazine from Freiburg in southern Germany, if I like to do a couple of illustrations for two of his articles. Of course I said yes.

The magazine was published a few months ago but I only got my hands on a copy now.

First article is about the revival of vintage clothing and how it came back in style among 20+ somethings.

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Second article which I quite enjoyed is about the pros and cons of watching TV vs online streaming. It argues that TV definitely has a surprise factor as you sometimes end up watching things that you would normally not watch. Also it provides a different viewing experience because you have to commit to a certain time if you want to watch something you are interested in.

Online streaming services are the opposite. Available any time and day, instant satisfaction is given. However, the tendency to binge watch is relatively high which might make us consume more than originally intended. Also the surprise factor is taken away as we usually choose what we want to see, therefore you might never get to watch that documentary about the Swiss rail way system that would have aired on your one TV channel at the time.

I also think that online streaming is more time consuming. Sometimes I can spend an hour going through the endless list of movies until I decide which one to watch. And I can definitely relate to the risk of addiction…  “Just one more episode of xyz and then I will go to sleep….. damn how come I have to get up in 4 hours already!?!?” But who hasn´t?

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14 Magazin

A friend of mine asked me if I would like to do illustrations for an article she was writing about wildlife in the city of Freiburg, Germany, for the local 14Magazin. Here are the results of that collaboration which I really enjoyed.

 

Upcoming Exhibition Nov 2014 – Jan 2015

YES! Another exhibition is coming up. This time again in the southern part of Germany, Bad Buchau to be precise. A town not far from my hometown Ravensburg that I grew up in.

The exhibition is titled “Menschen” (meaning “people” in English). It is a mix of paintings I did between 2007 – 2014. The works have been inspired by people that I meet during my travels – friends, acquaintances, random meet ups that influence you in one way or another, big or small. The exhibition is dedicated to those people.

Fundstück: Pressetext der Federseeklinik zu meiner Ausstellung.

Poster Exhibit