Now for a small interlude: Various drawings from various trips, recent or not.
Half a year after departing towards Rome, long since having returned back home, I got my first wee etching press. Starting from scratch, what better way to learn intaglio printmaking than to process the previous trip drawings? Their technical and stylistic variety was such that I’d have to try the entire spectrum of etching techniques.
Popular demand (believe it or not!) made me do it: Over the course of the next few days I’m going to post the travel drawings and prints of the last few years. Today starts with my personal book of genesis, the ink drawings from 2016’s Paris – Rome tour. Next in the queue are the […]
Instead of original content today we feature an article by Kurt Tucholsky. The original version can be found at Projekt Gutenberg. Tucholsky, born in 1890, was a critic, novelist and journalist in the Weimar Republic, contributing to the infamous Weltbühne magazine, writing both acclaimed love stories and some of the leading political commentary of the […]
Whenever I try out some new technique I find a pattern in my habits confirmed – in writing and printing as well as in cooking or cycling, it seems to be a really universal principle. Recently it happened with oil painting. I tried out some baby steps around December or January, didn’t have a clue […]
Nelson, I have something for you! Short explanation for everyone else: Around the time I first went to Madrid – early 2015 –, I had recognised a problem regarding museum visits. I would be captivated by a few pictures that I’d talk about for hours, and then I’d forget them. On that particular trip I […]
Where to next? It’s not a question that would concern me on a daily basis, but everybody keeps asking. Usually I reply by explaining my recent travelling history: Each year the interval between starting to plan a trip and actually departing has become ever shorter. If it’s linear, by 2020 I’m probably going to start […]
To the subjects of the Queen Elizabeth Battenberg-Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in light of your continuing failure to choose whether or not to creep away from the EU, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today. The Dogger Bank shall be rebuilt in order to end your island status and continentalise Britain […]
We first noticed the rat two weeks ago. These days it’s believable that winter is upon us. Grass and rooves stay covered in hoarfrost all day long, and we stay inside in front of the hot fireplace. The living room has got the last single-pane window in the house, a large panoramic one into the […]
A few days ago I was having a conversation with Stefan about stained glass windows, like those jewels of my and Nelson’s friend Mehoffer in Fribourg or the less readable ones in the Sainte-Chapelle. At one point we were both fumbling for a word – what do you call the space between four columns, several […]