The joys of winter ( maybe not so joyful)


Last Friday I went out again to paint plein air at the Alster. The day before I didn’t have a good feeling, because the east wind was getting stronger. East wind in our latitude means arctic or Siberian cold. Not nice at all. And I was right. Even though we only had -2 Degrees Celsius ( 28 Degrees Fahrenheit) the wind just cooled you down and makes the color go very tough to paint with.

This morning I listened to a podcast with Mary Pellis and Eric Roads »On painting what moves your soul«. At some points it resonated deeply with me.

»When you try to find your artistic voice: Go outside and do little studies and line them up.You will start to see what it is that excites you.Those paintings will have a more powerful shape, a beautiful line, or a more powerful tonality.«

Lack of time might not be a disadvantage because »of the miracle of turning of the intellect and painting intuitively.«


Well, cold weather adds up to that. It just freezes your brain. I needed to stop this painting much earlier than when I wouldn’t have, because I was shivering.




Foto: Astrid Volquardsen, 2017


Cold Wind, 18×24cm, Oil on MDF, Astrid Volquardsen, 2017


Detail from »Cold Wind« Foto: Astrid Volquardsen, 2017