Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Leamington Spa 2021

 After two years, it was time to visit my most beloved uncle P. in Leamington Spa, England. As the pandemic is not over unfortunately, it was a lot of bureaucracy overcome and digital forms to find and fill out. We flew to England, planning to stay there for six days.

I was looking forward to see my uncle again and to walk around in Leamington Spa. I love this little town and I imagined sitting in the beautiful parks, sketching the many manifestations of autumn. I wanted to sketch the English houses with their many chimneys and the beautifully colorful shop entrances.

Well, things took a different pathway when this text came up on my phone: „NHS Test and Trace has identified you as a contact of someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19. You must now stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your ….“

So we stayed at home. We changed our flights. The six days became ten and instead of sketching colorful trees and houses in Leamington Spa, I got busy sketching corners in the beautiful apartment of my uncle P.

Although not according to plan, we've had a great family quality time. Perhaps this is the price of travelling in a pandemic - after all I was lucky to be able to go at all!



















Sunday, September 12, 2021

Loket

 Loket is a small town in Czech Republic. 

The old city is built on a rock and is surrounded on three sides by the Ohre River. The town center itself features Loket Castle - a 12th-century gothic castle.

A sketchtour event took place there, organised by Jan Vitek from Prag. There was a small group of 8 sketchers + 6 partners and myself (with my husbend) ! 






The castle had been sketched from all directions:

from our room in the Vila Hana,



from the street,



from under the bridge,




and from the castle yard.




The town is very small and colorful. There are maybe four to five streets in the old city.
My mood was sometimes for colors,




and sometimes I enjoyed drawing with a pencil.






But the best of all was hanging around with other sketchers. I have met some new friends, heard many interesting live stories, we where sitting together in cafes, drawing without talking to each other, laughed a lot and had good meals.





It was just wonderful!




Bettinas 
Portraits of both of us

Friday, April 30, 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Blankenese spring 2021

The winter was long and cold. 

We are in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic. Everything is closed, no cafes, no restaurants, no journeys, no trips.


Here are some sketches of my neighbourhood during the first warm spring days.