Being an artist and a mother

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© Astrid Volquardsen Recently I was asked how I manage my life being  a fulltime artist with a family. Well, first of all it’s probably the same as for every working mother. Furthermore there is the aspect of this need … Read More

Colors and shapes

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© Astrid Volquardsen 2013 In France we had this really nice conversation that artist obviously see/ perceive  the world differently. To speak for myself I almost see everything in color and shapes. The following photos illustrate what I mean. © … Read More

Prehistoric Paintings in Pech Merle

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Pech Merle is a cave in the Lot départment in the southwest of France, near the town of Cahors. It is famous for its  prehistoric cave paintings, some of them dating back as far as 25.000 years. I was very … Read More

Urban sketchers – in German

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This is a short notice for my German readers that the book of Urban sketchers is finally available  in German. What a wonderful movement this is and that it has brought together so many artist from all over the world. … Read More

Be patience with yourself

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Pier Teufelsbrueck, Sketchbook, 2012 © Astrid Volquardsen There are many people out there who have a deep desire to express themselves with a sketchbook but lack the courage to do so. In our fast moving world there doesn’t seem to … Read More

Sketch!

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During my last two workshops I could see the wish in many eyes to draw perfectly, but something kept my students from even trying to sketch. Most of the time it’s fear of failure. During sketching very often the dominant  … Read More

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