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Sonntag, 22. Januar 2017

Guess who is finally learning how to draw....

Just after christmas I finally booked myself a course in basic drawing. On 7 evenings myself and 8 fellow students are going to learn the basics of drawing with a pencil.

At first I didn't know what to expect but then it was a revelation. Even in the introduction the lecturer unravelled one of my biggest mysteries regarding my drawing. 

Why does the result never look like the actual object or motive? I can't remember every word but it has to do with how we don't draw what we see but what's already in our brain. 

So basically I need to silence my brain while I draw and concentrate on what I see. It helps not to see the apple as an apple but just as a shape and a form.

After each assignment, during which the lecturer helps us with tricky situations and points out stuff, we talk about each drawing. Well, the group is still a bit shy, so it's more the teacher talking but I find it very interesting. Especially how each student has a totally different style.


I'm soo happy with the results of this first lesson and can't wait to learn more and after the course has finished will definitely come back for more!!!

Here's what I drew. 



My left hand:





an apple:




a bell pepper:


Donnerstag, 5. Januar 2017

Visiting the exhibition of Thomas Bayrle

Yesterday I decided to carpe diem and get my annual ticket for my favourite gallery, the Lenbachhaus. A one-year-membership is only twice the price of a single ticket so it's really a no-brainer for this wonky philistine.



I was a bit disappointed to find out that they had banned my most-loved series of cloud sketches to storage to display something new so I headed across the road to the Kunstbau, which translates literally into "art building". In my mind the term "art warren" would be totally suitable as well when you think that it is actually burrowed into the ground. It was opened in 1994 and very cleverly occupies an unused space on top of the underground platform of the Königsplatz station.
It's the same length and shape and through windows at one end you can see the escalators transporting passengers up and down and on the other end the platform.



It's a very versatile exhibition space and I have seen several very different exhibitions there but the current ( until the 5th of March 2017) is just a perfect match.

I didn't know anything about Tomas Bayrle and had no expectations whatsoever but was totally won over by him.
My first impression was one of the museum caretakers grabbing a pair of ear protector thingies while walking onto the floor.

So I walked through the exhibits not getting it at all and  sat down on one of the benches in front of a huge wall relief, forcing myself to overcome my inhibitions and get out my sketchbook in public. It helped that it was very quiet on a weekday morning. While I concentrated on the object in front of me, behind me one of the exhibit came to  life with a spluttering cough and human  mumbling... Imagine yours truly truly shocked!

It turns out that Bayrle, combined the cut open motors with speakers and sound collages. "... First displayed at the documenta 13 in 2012, the complete set of these pieces is on view in the exhibition at the Lenbachhaus. As Bayrle sees it, they epitomize the aesthetic of machinery, but they also visualize the rhythm ad condition of human life in the mass society. The sound collages accompanying the engines are largely excerpts from pertinent passages in ecclesiastical liturgy..." (official leaflet from the gallery).


Ford Galaxy wipers is called "conductor"


The installations are on a timer and run for 30 minutes, not all of them at once. After I was done sketching I walked across the room again, this time paying more attention and reading the descriptions of the exhibits in the leaflet. 

I find it very pertinent that the French Citroen motor is accompanied by Edith Piaf and the Italian  Vespa motor by Maria Callas.



  
Please go and visit this truly amazing exhibition at once and let yourself be surprised by this ingenious artist.

Mittwoch, 28. Dezember 2016

Christmas all over - the present revealment






Straight after every Christmas I suffer from withdrawal symptoms! I just love the run-up to Christmas and treasure every day of the Advent period.
I float around my apartment, watching telly, reading books but not being able to settle for anything.
The one thing I always remember is to head out to the shops to stock up on decorations in the sales:





Here are a few of the pressies I already handed over and can now reveal to you:

One of my favourite: The bauble table runner



A sofa cushion for the tractor enthusiast



Heart-shaped potholders




Sonntag, 18. Dezember 2016

Happy 4th Sunday of Advent



It turned out to be a very relaxed and quiet advent. Because I  most of my presents are handmade there was no need for me to rush through shops and battle with crowds.

In the mornings I enjoy a peaceful stroll through a quiet road, where the neighbours have made themselves proud with their decorations.
At each end stands a tall tree with lights and in front of nearly every second house are more lights on bushes and windows.



The weekends were spent baking with my brother, involving gherkins, bison grass vodka and large quantities of sugar.

Sewing is best done with Netflix and gallons of ginger infusion with honey and lemon. Unfortunately I can't show you my efforts until they have been presented. Well, apart from this lovely bauble pillow for a December birthday girl.




Only four more days at the office and then I'm looking forward to a well-earned two-week break. 
 
                                                 pa rum pum pum pum






Samstag, 3. Dezember 2016

Wonky Advent







It's been very quiet on the wonky front during the last few weeks. I had the mother of all colds and spent most of my time on my sofa with my eBook-Reader and Netflix.

So now it's Advent. Every year I seem to need a trigger for that christmas feeling. This year was no different. I brought up the decorations from the basement and distributed them all over my place but it didn't do the trick.

On the 1st of December I went for a little after work shopping to the city centre picking up some bits and bops like this little Santa Polarbear musing about the missing cheer.  But when I was just around the corner from Marienplatz I heard music. I turned that corner and couldn't believe my eyes and ears. There was an ensemble of brass players and a childrens choir on the balcony of the city hall. Next to the impressive building the annual whopping huge tree covered in lights and an amazing smell lingering in the air of mulled wine and sugar.

And bham there it was, the overwhelming christmas cheer and happiness. Bring on christmas - I am ready!!!

Sonntag, 6. November 2016

Why I love autumn!

This week I took some leave from work and managed to have a great day out with  my friend at the town of  Herrsching on lake Ammersee.

We had some pretty awesome sunny days during the last few weeks but Tuesday was perfect. We had a bite of lunch and then armed with the last ice cream cones of the year we headed to the shore where we were greeted by this sight.




Isn't it breathtaking? 


 We were soaking in that view, storing the images for the coming, long winter months.





Here's my favourite action shot of Super-Heidi



And of course some leaves.




We left the crowds behind at the shore cafes.


Unfortunately it seems the weather has turned now. Today we had sleety rain all day and the temperatures have dropped.
Luckily I have taken lots of pictures during the last weeks to keep me going!


My view.


St. Lukas, Munich






Ohel-Jakob-Synagogue



River Isar





Room with a view



Collage of leaves


Montag, 10. Oktober 2016

My Sunday walk

Sunday morning I was surprised by lovely sunshine and decided to go for a walk. The last few days have been cold and miserable so Istrolled around my neighbourhood basking in the sun, discovering hidden gems. 









At the nearby recreation area I discovered a fairly new tree house, built in 2013. The idea and financing came from Munichs twin town Cincinatti and I simply love it! What a special place!