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summer vacation + sketchbook = fun.

2017_07_RAWScans5is there anything better than having lots of time, a beach, sun & wind & waves… and a sketchbook on the side? we were on vacation at beautiful gargano, italy. here are some beachy impressions:

2017_07_RAWScans8molinella beach in front of our camping door, with a view of the lighthouse of vieste.

2017_07_RAWScans23the trabucco right around the corner (here is an explanation of what they are and what they are used for. all i know is that they’re used for fishing and that they look beautiful).

2017_07_RAWScans26molinella beach and the trabucco from afar.

2017_07_RAWScans17_waves & fun!

2017_07_RAWScans30haning out…

 

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go on, travel around! don’t forget your sketchbooks!

back from summer travelling.

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aah… holidays… ❤ i just got back from travelling italy for 3 weeks and i’m just getting back into my daily routines in berlin. i spent so much time outside – even i got a tan, hurray! (well, except for those parts of my face at the top of my bangs…)

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c. & i were travelling a big round through italy in a vw california (= our vehicle & accommodation). first we travelled via the austrian alps to venice (for the art biennale); then we spent a week at the beaches and in the forest of the beautiful gargano at the west coast and last but not least we were in rome for some days before returning to germany via a short stop at lake como in lombardia.

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we saw soo much – different landscapes, the ocean, plants, animals, people, art… my sketchbook almost filled itself just on this one trip – and you’re going to see some of it on this blog in the next couple of weeks 🙂

we stayed at campsites (wild camping is not legal in italy) and we somehow managed to always have a great view from our bus. this is my little collection:

2017_07_RAWScans25view (from the bus) 1: the alps at stubaital, austria.

2017_07_RAWScans2view 2: a big old house right next to the campsite at lido di venezia.

2017_07_RAWScans6view 3: the entrance of molinella camping, near vieste, gargano.

2017_07_RAWScans36view 4: gnarled & shady trees at the campsite outside of rome.

2017_07_RAWScans44view 5: sitting on the terrace of the very lovely bed&breakfast albergo sala in valbrona, lombardia, where we spent the last night before returning home.

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about 3.300 km of driving through sun, wind, sand, mountains, forests, serpentines, also roman traffic – and an invasion of ants (i will get to this some other time)… the bus has seen a lot recently! so that carwash at the end was well deserved. thanks for taking us around, bus!

fernweh – heimweh.

i can’t believe it! i managed to finish my never-ending to-do-list, my bags are almost readily packed and when i wake up tomorrow, i will be going on holiday, yay!

to celebrate travelling, here are some impressions of my neighbourhood close by, my kiez in berlin-wedding.

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P1090660_view of the tv-tower from nordufer.

P1090634_friedrich-krause-ufer aka. the “nichts”. it’s a non-place. there’s nothing to see on that side of the spree! there are just lots of functional bridges for trains & cars, the ever ongoing construction site for the s-bahn, dirt, noise, everyone here is only passing by, passing & leaving this corner as fast as possible. but there’s something magic about lingering between all those busy bridges and being a quiet observer in the middle of  these crossroads that you wouldn’t usually ever take notice of.

in a bus to munich.

about a month ago i was in munich, travelling there by bus (8 hrs).

P1090611_here’s what i saw on the way to munich: my three lovely colleagues eva, juliane & wiebke around me on the signature blue & green seats.

P1090614_a guy eating his burger right out of the paper and our stop at mcdo (there was no alternative where the bus driver took his break).

P1090624_and on our way back: these guys in front of us (it’s a double decker bus), one is playing some strategic game on his laptop or complaining loudly about his company’s ties to north corea (wonder which company he was talking about?!). the other is talking on his phone or snorring. the window was actually covered in dead flies & bugs.

in munich itself i didn’t really dare to draw that much. i was busy working at a comicfestival. so i only drew these three pictures:

P1090616_(1) a little dog that had appeared in my dream. don’t let it fool you – it looks really cute, but it’s actually a very well-made robot meant to spy on us and collect all our information (that can be used against us). just like a smartphone, but more friendly.

P1090618_(2) this old bus i really liked in a cosy coffee break.

P1090620_(3) this strange building right next to the wiesn.

i like munich a lot. i prefer travelling by train.

photographs become pictures become drawings.

a couple of weeks ago i was visiting the exhibition “fotografien werden bilder. die becher-klasse” at the städel museum in frankfurt. the exhibition shows photos by the first (and by now famous and acclaimed) students of bernd and hiller becher. it is a brilliant exhibition that i can only recommend (still going until august, 13th 2017).

i took a closer look at the photos i liked most by sketching them:

Gekritzel9_nach tata ronkholz: st. franziskusstr. 107 (düsseldorf), 1977/78.

Gekritzel8_nach thomas ruff: interieur 1d, 1982.

Gekritzel5_nach jörg sasse: 28246, 2000.

Gekritzel3_knach andreas gursky: teneriffa, schwimmbad, 1987.

a nice guard at the exhibition was interested in what i was doing and asked me for a look at all of my drawings when i was done. he seemed to be impressed, but not so much by the drawings but by my cheap biro: “hm… it’s hard with that pen… you can’t erase and correct things…”

non-places (and – oh – a bird!)

non-places… places that exist, but you never really look at them.

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there are quite a lot of them everywhere (maybe especially in darmstadt). like the bridge at the ostbahnhof…

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… or the forever (-ever-ever-ever) ongoing construction sight at the hospital…

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… or the crooked house that is (not so much) hidden at rosenhöhe…

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blackbirds are always worth a second look though. ❤