Freitag, 23. November 2012


Reflections are always amazing me... Here, the light transforms a simple Ikea glass on a modern kitchen surface into some almost magic lantern.
And if you now ask why I don't have more extraordinary things to show you, than this song's title resumes it pretty well: "It's been a hard day's night"

Spiegelungen finde ich immer faszinierend... Mit ihrer Hilfe kann sogar ein einfaches Ikea Glas auf einer banalen Küchen-Arbeitsplatte wie eine magische Laterne aussehen.
Und wenn Sie sich jetzt fragen, warum ich Ihnen heute nichts Spannenderes zu erzählen habe, dann lasse ich die Beatles es für mich singen: "It's been a hard day's night"

Montag, 19. November 2012


From top to bottom:  Hieronymus Holzschuher, Jakob Muffel, Maria mit der Nelke, Elsbeth Tucher

Have you noticed the multiple light reflections (in the eyes) of almost all Albrecht Dürer portraits ? Even some of his Madonnas in a garden setting have them and they mostly look like the reflection of a huge studio window, don't they? Well, you can still observe this very same reflection in the visitor's eyes if you go to the Dürerhaus in Nuremberg. They are actually due to the rather narrow medieval windows composed of round glass panes set in lead...

Haben Sie schon einmal bemerkt, dass fast alle Dürer-Portraits dieselben, doppelten Lichtreflexe (in den Augen) aufweisen? (Das betrifft sogar Szenen, die eigentlich draußen stattfinden..) Und finden Sie nicht auch, dass diese Lichter wie die Spiegelungen hoher Atelierfenster aussehen?
Lustigerweise kann man genau dieselben Spiegelungen auch heute noch in den Augen der Besucher des Dürerhauses in Nürnberg beobachten. Sie stammen allerdings von den eher niedrigen Fenstern mit runden Butzenscheiben...

This is how the studio looks today. (Picture Sailko)

So sieht der große Atelierraum heute aus. (Foto Sailko)

Here is a close-up of such a window. (Picture Friedrich Böhringer)

Hier das Detail eines solchen Fensters. (Foto Friedrich Böhringer)

And here Durer portrayed not only Saint Jerome and his lion, but also the window...

In diesem Kupferstich portraitierte Dürer nicht nur den heiligen Hieronymus samt Löwen "im Gehäus", sondern das Fenster gleich mit...

Samstag, 10. November 2012


It's true - I have a tendinitis and can hardly use my left hand... So, for once, my dear son showed some empathy and let ME play with the family i-pad.

Here the apps I played around with today:

Halftone - for the comic strips I turned my own paintings into (Thank you to Jenni from Museum Diary for this tip). It works with photos as well...

iFontMaker - yes, I will be able to use my own font soon (found this cool tip on A Beautiful Mess).

Martha Stewart Craft Studio - great for creating greeting cards and so on (thank you to Holly Becker from Decor8 for introducing me to this one).

Nachdem ich tatsächlich eine fiese Sehnenscheidenentzündung habe, ist meine linke Hand heute weitgehend ruhig gestellt. Und dank einer unerwarteten Welle von Mitgefühl konnte ich meinem Sohn sogar zum ersten Mal das (eigentlich) Familieneigene I-Pad entreißen und mit ein paar coolen Apps herumspielen.

Hier sind sie:
Halftone - mit dieser App kann man Photos (oder in meinem Fall Bilder) in Comics verwandeln. Den coolen Tipp habe ich von Jenni von Museum Diary.

iFontMaker - jawoll, jetzt habe ich meine eigene Schrift, die demnächst einmal zum Einsatz kommt. (Diesen Tipp habe ich auf A Beautiful Mess gefunden).

Martha Stewart Craft Studio - mit dieser praktischen App kann man eigene Grußkarten usw. erstellen. Auf die Idee bin ich dank Holly Becker von Decor8 gekommen.

Mittwoch, 7. November 2012


Just a little impression of the photographs I've been busy with the last days...

Nur eine kleine Vorschau auf die Fotos, mit denen ich die letzten Tage beschäftigt war...

Sonntag, 4. November 2012


Well, actually, I had this sweet dream of a lazy, sunny, late autumn week-end... But as you know, life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. 
This time, not only have I taken more than 1000 pictures in 2 days, still waiting to be post-processed, but my dear co-blogger Eva from the beautiful food blog food-vegetarisch presented me with a "Liebster Blog Award". The rather mysterious rules of this award consist in answering 11 questions, tell the readers 11 random things about yourself and (here the work starts) in naming 11 other blogs you like. 

Here we go...

Eva's questions and my answers:

Your favourite aphorism?
Omnia vincit amor
Mountains or the sea for vacation?

Are you on the dancefloor or do you prefer to take a view of the dancefloor?
Nowadays, I’d rather take a view from the danceflor, but that was not always so...

Which invention you wish you had done?
The camera and any usefull medicine

What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
„The Intouchables“

What’s the last book you read?
Right now, a crime novel by Islandic author Arnaldur Indridason – a friend’s present. Lately, I have 
been reading way more technical or art related books and less fiction. I’m a total bookworm, but having 
too little time, I find it harder to dig into stories the way I want to and keep novels for my holidays.

If you had the chance to go tomorrow for a 3-days-holiday-trip: where would you go to?
Venice or Lisbon (or Amsterdam, or Madrid, or Copenhague, or Prague, or or or... I love city trips, 
especially with my family, and have enjoyed all of ours so far).

Sweet or savory for breakfast?
When at home, sweet (muesli, fruit, curd cheese), on vacation: both...

If you would be an animal, which one you would like to be?
A cat or a bird

What was your favourite dish as a child?
Blueberry pancakes

What is your favourite dish now?
Fried potatoes and salad

11 random things about myself:

I can move my ears

I have a knack for finding 4-leaved clovers

I don’t have a driver’s license

I love french comedies

I’m grumpy when hungry

I like cuban music

Without perfume, I feel naked

My favorite sounds are laughing children and singing birds

A fortuneteller told me I was going to meet my husband 3 years before I actually met him

I would love to have a sneek peak in an artist’s studio from the early 16th century

I like reptiles, but am not so fond of insects, especially the creepy kind 

So, now let's come to my nominees. Apparently, the rule consists in finding blogs which do not yet have a huge followership, but you can't always see it... I'm not sure if my eleven fit the rules - so, if your blog is already much bigger or if you have received this award already, please don't take it personally - it's meant as a compliment.

Gudy from Eclectic Trends

Jacyln from Little Paper Trees

Marianne from Lemon8blog

Rebecca from Graceandmanners

Rhythma + Sharon from BuildingBlockx

Sandy from Confiture de Vivre

Stephanie from Frau Schmitt

And here are my questions for the nominees:

What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite painting?

What was your favorite book as a child?

Beer or champagne?

Italy or France?

Country home or city loft?

What is your favorite color?

If you’d win the jackpot at the lottery – what would you do first?

Which talent would you like to have?

Do you sing under the shower?

Do you have siblings? And if so, are you the oldest, the youngest or a „middle“ child?