Friday, August 18, 2017

Subway U3

Subway U3 runs partly outside through the center of Hamburg. Riding this line can replace a sightseeing tour especially the part which goes along the harbour. I was thinking of planning an urban sketching workshop on this part of the line. So I met A. again, who is a young great sketcher, full of energy and patience. We spent the whole day sketching scenes at several U3 stations. 

We started at LANDUNGSBRÜCKEN. From here you can see the harbour, (here on the left side) but I prefered to sketch the station with the PEGELTURM – the tower that shows the water level of the river Elbe.

On the other side I had the view to the tower of the famous church ST. MICHAELIS, familiar as MICHEL. It’s a landmark of the city and considered to be one of the finest Hanseatic Protestant baroque churches. 

Our next stop was BAUMWALL. From here you have a great view of the port with its new Elbphilharmonie building, also called ELPHI, which Hamburg is very proud of. It was not easy to find a comfortable position to sketch. While standing sketching in the narrow path, we had to take care that our colours wouldn't fall from the railing down to the street.

We had lunch in one of the restaurants nearby, in the crowded Portuguese area, with lots of restaurants and bars.

At the station RÖDINGSMARKT I decided to sketch the church of St. Nicolas. The church lies now in ruins, with only its tower remaining, serving as a memorial. 

We than had enough of all the noise and dirt in the subway stations. We needed a quiet break which we found in the Cafe on the Lightvessel (Feuerschiff) in the harbour. A. was still full of energie and made a beautiful drawing of many small boats, which made me dizzy just to look at it. I was only able to make a quick and simple sketch of the ELPHI.

I am still not sure how to plan my workshop, but we had a great day!

Monday, August 7, 2017


I met A. today in Ottensen, Altona and we spent some hours sketching together. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Blankenese Juni 2017

As I will give my first urban sketching workshop here in Blankenese Treppenviertel (stairs quarter) next week, I spent the last days walking around, looking for inspiring places where I can take the group of 15 sketchers. Well, Blankenese is full of charming corners! I just hope that it will not rain.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Everytime I paint outside with water colors I get impatient because I have to wait for the individual layers to dry. Today I tried painting on two sketches in parallel so the left side can dry while I work on the right side. It was fun.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

visiting R&P

Every time I visit Leamington Spa I am fascinated by the English houses

and by the beautiful parks. I have spent a whole morning in Jephson Gardens sketching some trees.

It's already a tradition to visit S. in her allotments.

I tried to sketch R. with Billy 

and for P. was no more time left. We had to leave for dinner.