Steamboats and stuff…

We had some really beautiful weather here yesterday. When I came home from the nightshift I did enjoy the early sun on my balcony for a good 3 hours, because I had to wait for a package being delivered at 10:45 am, containing 5 large size blocks of Fabriano Artistico paper to make myself being prepared for the plein-air season. I did not do anything else than drinking coffee and enjoying the sun with some bluegrass music from my tablet. Wonderful! Like I said before: the old steamboats will keep me busy for a while. They are a subject I really love and I did read so much about their history the last days – it is really amazing. While I write this I am waiting for another painting to dry to apply the next wash. Last night I did paint the one you see here. I was not really happy when it was finished but now I like it better. I just got the feeling that there was something wrong with the perspective and that made me feel a little bit wimpy while painting. But it was a good practice anyway and while the single stages were drying I painted the two sketches below. One of them with my very first try of a tugboat, just trying to get an idea about them.

080_2017 Watercolor / Hahnemühle Anniversary Edition ca.40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862 /

Gestern hatten wir hier ganz wunderbares Wetter. Als ich von meiner Nachtschicht nach Hause kam, habe ich die frühe Morgensonne auf meinem Balkon für gute 3 Stunden genossen, weil ich auf eine Paketzustellung um 10:45 warten musste. In dem Paket waren 5 großformatige Blöcke Fabriano Artistico Papier – jetzt bin ich bestens vorbereitet für die Plein-Air Saison. Ich habe nichts anderes getan, als Kaffee zu trinken, die Sonne zu genießen und Bluegrass Musik von meinem Tablet zu hören. Herrlich! Wie ich schon erwähnt habe: die alten Mississippi-Dampfer werden mich noch ein Weilchen beschäftigen. Sie sind ein Sujet, das ich wirklich liebe und ich habe in den letzten Tagen so viele interessante Dinge über ihre Geschichte gelesen – wirklich spannend. Während ich das hier schreibe, warte ich darauf, dass ein weiteres Aquarell trocknet, damit ich gleich weitermalen kann. Letzte Nacht ist das entstanden, was ihr hier sehen könnt. Ich war heute Morgen erst nicht so glücklich damit, aber jetzt finde ich es ganz okay. Ich hatte beim Malen die ganze Zeit das Gefühl, dass etwas mit der Perspektive nicht stimmt und das hat mich dauerhaft verunsichert. Aber es war natürlich eine gute Übung und während der Trockenpausen habe ich noch die beiden Skizzen unten gemalt – die eine mit meinem allerersten Versuch, einen alten Hafenschlepper zu malen, um mal eine Idee davon zu bekommen.

065_2017 Watercolor-Sketches
065_2017 Watercolor-Sketches /Marabu Mixed Media 21,0 x 14,8 cm / 8.3 x 5.8 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862 /
066_2017 Watercolor-Sketches
066_2017 Watercolor-Sketches /Marabu Mixed Media 21,0 x 14,8 cm / 8.3 x 5.8 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862 /

18 thoughts on “Steamboats and stuff…

  1. love the unique and expressiveness of these; esp that of the water in #3 those brushstrokes have me enchanted! and the first one the sky and the lines of the ship/boat are so very lovely! 🙂

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  2. Hallo Carsten
    Ich staune immer wieder über deine vielen Bilder! Du kannst einfach alles malen…. und es sieht immer toll aus!!! Ich freue mich jeden Tag aufs Neue…. 😊

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  3. Wow! Eerie yet beautiful steam boat drawing, have you ever seen one in real life? They are amazing. Makes me think of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn! Have a Schönes Wochenende!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gwendolyne! Yeah, i have seen a few in real and did take a ride on the Mississippi more than 20 years ago. But that is nothing compared to the good old steamboat times, I guess. I have always been fascinated by them since I was a kid… and now I just started to read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn´s adventures again. Schönes Wochenende – for you, too. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Holly. To be honest: I am dreaming about coming back to the U.S. to paint. There are so many places I´d like to visit with my easel and brushes – New England, Maine. I had plans to go to Michigan this May – already got my ESTA and ticket – but my plans got canceled. (too long and too complicated to tell here)
      But anyway: I will come back to the States – because I love your country and it has always been inspiring to me.

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