View to the Sea (II), 30×125 cm, 2012
© Astrid Volquardsen
I have always liked the long format for my sea and coast paintings. In the very beginning as a young mother I kept them really small (3×9) which had several advantages at that time. First I only had a limited time to finish a painting. Furthermore a small format makes it much more easier to explore the different compositional elements and I could easilyexplore the techniques and easily achieve a painterly density (does this make sense?)
Anyway over time my formats got bigger and with the bigger studio and further paper choice I am finally there where I always wanted to be: Now, if you walk in my studio and look at the painting on my easel you are right there in the dunes at the sea.