Friday, April 21, 2017

Same place, different skies

It's April weather in full swing here in Germany. Here are some photos from a new trail I discovered last week (well, the trail isn't new, but for me it is.) This is the same place, just some days apart, and with different weather:

A nice curved walk along fields and old trees, and at the start / end, a straight part. There were dandelions in bloom all along the way, and as my theme for these days is Mandalas in all kind of different materials, I turned into a 5-year old for some minutes, and picked some dandelions, and created a "sign" with them.  (more about my mandala focus, here: Joining #the100dayproject with 100 Days of Mandalas and Gratitude


Fast forward to today: same walk, but different weather, and many of the dandelions have moved from yellow flower to fluffy white sphere. Here are some photos: 

And a nice final photo, a plant I noticed - it felt like a mandala-shaped-wink from the trail.

Tomorrow the weather will turn cloudy and rainy again, and then will keep swinging.


More skies from around the world: Skywatch Friday 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Joining #the100dayproject with 100 Days of Mandalas and Gratitude

Last week, the 100 Day Project started - a free, global art project that anyone can participate in.

The challenge is simple: choose an action you'll do for 100 days, and then keep going, and share your piece daily on instagram with the hashtag #the100dayproject.

First I wasn't sure if to join, and which theme to pick - I played with ideas, thinking about photography, digital art, or collages? And while pondering, I sketched a mandala - and then things fell into place for me:

The theme for me is "Mandalas", click here to see the mandalas / days so far. The plan is to experiment with the process: combine painting and mixed media, and also collage elements and digital processes. Plus, as mandalas are symbols of positivity and gratitude, and as I felt a bit low in the last weeks moodwise, I am combining the theme with gratitude.

The first mandala I created was a digital art piece, here's the note for it:
"Today I am grateful... for the internet, and the inspiration and shared creativity that comes from it with projects like the 100daysproject"

And the second mandala - still one of my favs so far - is a symbol for the upcoming days and processes:
"My piece for the 100dayproject on day #2 is a play with possibilities. The mandala I created is kind of a “meta” mandala, it’s only temporary, and includes colored pencils, feathers, pieces of paper, bits of bark… and a copy of a mandala I once painted, and one that was in a magazine."
Yesterday I reached day 10, and put together a slideshow with the first 10 pieces. I already look forward to the next 10 days.

I won't be blogging much these days, but you can find me and my daily pieces at Instagram at: lifeasjourney: 100 Days of Mandalas and Gratitude. Right now, it's a combination of mandalas, and photographs of places I visted.



Friday, April 7, 2017

april skies unplugged

Some skies from this week....

...logging into the blog, even though I knew I havn't blogged since a while, it was a surprise to see that the last entry is from a month ago. 

Interesting to see that without really planning to, I actually did a "digital fast" and unplugged from facebook, twitter and the blog, and only posted photos at Instagram every now and then.

Today I am enjoying the skies, and remembered sky friday... more skies from everywhere, over at: Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday museum time with Hundertwasser, a baroque palace, and a modern literature museum

Sunday museum time - Hundertwasser exhibition in Ludwigsburg. Such vivid colors and shapes.

And such good contrasts: the exhibition is located in the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, one of the largest baroque palaces in Germany. This is the view when you look out of a window:

Which is especially interesting when you stand inside this baroque place and look at the architecture models of Hundertwasser, and the photos of the buildings that were based on them.

And then you move to the paintings...

and then you look up, and see the baroque ceiling...

I tried to capture it in a video:


After visiting the exhibition, I wandered a bit through the palace area and gardens, and walked into this still life with painter. Actually, there were several people sketching / painting. So nice, to see artists and art-in-progress right after the exhibition:

And here's the other side of the palace, the counterpart view to the first scenery photo. I liked the contrast of posh/perfect facade, and the plastic construction barriere, especially as it has my family name...


After Hundertwasser, I went to the Museum of Modern Literature ... which had a very different style, very clean and modern. The iterature museum is in Marbach, which turned out to be only about 40 minutes from where I live... first time I went there. Nice to do something for the first time.

Inside the museum: thoughtful notes and quotes and reflections.

Words on walls, words on the floor.

"Die Seele eines Archivs sind seine Dinge. Sie beseelen uns mit dem Gef├╝hl, auf einer Spur zu sein... und wir erinnern uns, dass Sprechen immer Unterwegssein heisst." - "The soul of an archive consists of its things. They touch as with the feeling, to be a on a path... and we remember that speaking always means to be on a way."

The treasures of this museum: ink on paper.

Handwritten literary artefacts.

Such surprises: Allen Ginsbergs mantra-shaped book note for Carl Weisner. A posrcard from Kafka. Mascha Kaleko's ad texts for air wick. A draft of Celan's "todesfuge". A sketch by Hermann Hesse... all those details... 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

looking back, looking up, looking down, looking ahead...

One week ago I  returned from the Canary islands - and was greeted by chilly northern wind, and the usual list of things that wait after a time away. But it has been a good week, even with sun moments.

The photo above is a "looking-up moment",  from one of the crossings here at the town street - the flags are in preparation of the upcoming "Fasching"-week: carneval.

Just some steps further from the looking up was this "looking-down": a play with shadows and lines:

Today was the last sunny day for a while. A polar jetstream is bringing clouds and falling temperatures. So I drove to the Alb plateau this afternoon. Up there, it still feels more like winter, with patches of snow:

And nice timing: driving back, I drove along a "sunset" road. So nice.

Have a lovely sky week, everyone!

more skies from everywhere: skywatch friday.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Monday after the island time...

... Catching up with sand in my shoes. Quick drive to the supermarket at half past three. And there, finally some blue sky is showing and so I stand, smiling, in the chilly northern wind, head turned sunwards.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

On the way back home...

....with the perfect pages to read:

"Journeys come to an end before they end, just as they begin before they begin - with the arrival of anticipation." - Jenny Diski, Strangers on a Train

which made me think of the counterpart quote:

"Good journeys don't end with coming home."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Storm for goodbye, but also: a stunning sky evening

It's our final island day. And it is: storm. Heavy wind and rain. With some short sunny breaks between - so we still could have breakfast outside, with some sun. Now it is back to rain.

Would have been nice to have a sunny day for goodbye. But we had rather good weather during our stay here, and almost like a "grand final", a string of amazing sky moments yesterday evening, with a most amazing sunset at the lighthouse. So glad I went for a walk there and had my camera / phone with me.

On the way to the lighthouse, a rain cloud moved through and created a rainbow. Then, an amazing sunset. And walking back, the full moon was just rising. Happy :) ...and lucky, too: just an hour later, the storm front started to move in, and it started to rain.
I tried to film all 3 sky moments, and then combined the videos (with Youtube Video Manager, first time i tried such a combination, and it worked well).

Now: packing, sorting, and with the rain: time to prepare some things for next week already, following the motto: "If you can't change it, try to make use of it..."