Plein Air Nocturne: Hamburgs new Wolrd heritage site

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Last week the old ware houses of Hamburg have been announced to become part of the World Heritage site. This was more than one reason to start my plein air nocturne experience at this time of day. A premiere with my oils.

With approaching night it gets really hard to recognize the colors on your palette so it is wise to premix them. It helps if you know your colors because as the saying goes: at night all cats are grey.

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Foto © 2015, Marc Volquardsen



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Foto © 2015, Marc Volquardsen


At sunset I had started to put down my initial sketch so that later during the actual painting I could concentrate on color and shape.


Foto © 2015, Marc Volquardsen

This spot is also very popular with the foto community.



Speicherstadt ( Wasserschlösschen), Oil, 20×30 cm, 2015

© 2015, Astrid Volquardsen

A completely new plein air experience because till the next morning I had no clou what the painting would look like. It actually helps to loosen up.



54° in the early morning

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A pastel painting from my exhibition, which shows the famous stilt houses of St. Peter Ording. It gives shelter to either the restaurants, coast guards or toilets. In the winter time the beach will be regularly  flooded and the stilts prevent the houses from being destroyed.

This painting shows a scene from an early morning in April when the weather was still cold and fresh. These days a heat wave has put us all on »don’t move at all »mode, so I thought some cool colors might freshen you up.
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54° in the early morning, Pastell, 23×35 cm,
© 2015, Astrid Volquardsen
850.- Euro (framed with museumsglas)


My shop is back

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Unfortunately to quite complicated German laws right now anybody who orders from outside of Germany can’t use my shop. I ’m working on that to fix it. If you’re interested in a painting of mine you have to contact me directly via mail. I will send you an invoice via pay pal and of course you have a money back guarantee for two weeks.





Plein Air: Container Terminal Altenwerder

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It was such a lovely summerday. My husband wanted to do some long exposure photographs and I just spend the time doing a plein air study.


Foto © 2015, Marc Volquardsen


Foto © 2015, Marc Volquardsen


Container Terminal Altenwerder, Oil, 20×30 cm, 2015

© 2015, Astrid Volquardsen


Art connects: From soul to soul

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A few days have passed by since my exhibition and the paintings have found a new home or about to make the journey.

One thought has constantly coming back to my mind: How much (my) art and soul connects with other souls.I am always surprised and deeply touched by this. I always say that the painting and viewer will find each other, have an ongoing communication or simply fall in love. If they buy a painting the look in their eyes is that of freshly married couple on their wedding day. Some people would love to buy a painting but for different reasons it’s not possible. Some just want to have a look and get some inspiration. All is well and nobody does to have to make an excuse or explain to me why they don’t buy a painting. If we both enjoy the time we spent together everything is fine.

Thanks to all my visitors who took the time and visited me and had some interesting and inspiring chats.



Letzte Vorbereitungen

It’s a bit different when painting outside because the people didn’t expect to find a painter. Sometimes this leads to comments from people of the category joker: « If I stand here long enough will you put me in?« This happens more often than you would think.

Well and then there are all these very nice people out there I had met. Hard to believe that a bit of color on a canvas and connect people in such a lovely way. My thanks go to all these wonderful people and conversations we had.

One lady did especially touch my soul. She passed by, stopped, saw my painting and said: it touches my soul deeply, to see how you paint here outside and openly show your soul and creativity for all the people who are willing to see it.« We looked each other in the eyes with great understanding. She left with tears in here eyes handing me a 5 Euro note and wished me a nice cappuccino break.





Plein Air at the Elbe: Midsommernight

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Well, almost Midsummer. But two days later still counts as midsummer I would say. The advantage of painting the same place again and again is to explore the landscape in different types of seasons. This includes where the sun will be. In winter time the sun goes down just behind the small island in the river of the left side. In summer even at 7 p.m., I had been greeted by full counter light.


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Midsummer evening, Oil, 20×30 cm, 2015

© 2015, Astrid Volquardsen


I’m back to my other favorite hunting grounds: the river. I was just blown again away not only by the strong wind ( still way too cold for June), but how fast the light conditions can change at this spot. It just affects everything: the distant islands, the trees, the water. Always exciting to paint these things. At one point you just have to stick with the composition and light scene.

It was also very interesting compared to my last plein air spot at the beach of St. Peter Ording. The by passers  were so relaxed and in vacation mode.

Here at the pier of the river the workers from Airbus industries ( on the other side of the river) get of the ferry and just want to catch the next bus or are heading for their cars. Rush our.

But one of the captains of the ferry stopped and we had a little chat about one of the most beautiful working places: the river Elbe.


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Foto © 2015, Astrid Volquardsen


St. Peter Ording: Some paintings at the Chaco Gallery in Hamburg

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After the exhibition in St. Peter-Ording I needed some rest. I am more than happy and satisfied with the outcome especially with the reaction to my oilpaintings. 4 plein air pieces sold straight away. It will take about 4 more weeks till theu’re dry and can be send vial mail to their new homes.

Some of my bigger oilpaintings can now be seen at the Gallery Chaco in Hamburg. Please klick on the images for a better look.

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