What should you do first?

Brochure for new ATELIER325 event in July

Brochure for new ATELIER325 event in July

I have been working on our marketing material for weeks now. You know how it is when  you create, for example, a brochure or a flyer. You sit down at the computer, you just want to work for an hour and next time you look it’s just 3 hours later!

Many things are happening for us right now and we would like to share some of that. Kim has been preparing her daughter’s marriage for months now, (she sew the wedding dress and I can tell you that it’s pure magic) and I prepare my definite leave from my dayjob. We have planned a Creative Art Retreat for later this year (see the brochure above)  and am now sending out this information to people who might be interested in joining us in Paris for this event.

Kim will travel to Germany in June, we’ll meet there and then participate (June 23rd)  in the Art Market ‘Fluss mit Flair” in Giessen,  my hometown. Of course I especially love this event as it will allow me to see my family again and many many old friends and also introduce Kim, my friend and business-partner, to all of them!

Next planned event will be….a wonderful Art Exhibition in Fulda, Germany, together with our friend Verena Kühnlein. The title of the exhibition is “Meeresbewohner – Marine Creatures” .

We have begun paintings for this exhibition, and will give you a preview soon. Stay coonnected, enjoy Spring, greetings from Paris



“Does she only paint cats?” do you ask.

The thing is, at the moment  I can just grab this bit of time, in the morning. At least I have this, there will be better times for bigger paintings, but for now it’s this. Oskar and Knut. Knut and Oskar. Actually, more of Knut cause Oskar is a respectable older tomcat, he appreciates to be my model but after a while he gets sleepy and goes downstairs for a nap on his (uh, my)  favorite armchair.

Knut’s World – Ink and pencil on 24 x 32 Canson Paper 260 gm

My Father’s Garden

This is a painting I did in Germany, and I posted in on my Parisdreamtime blog already. Nevertheless I think the people who come here do not necessarily go there, so here it is. This is really about how I FEEL this garden and what it represents for me. Snuggling up in it, I feel safe. Back in Paris now, we finally have a fine summer, too. Have a wonderful day, enjoy nature and the fleeting moment, greetings from me to you, Andrea. AHdP

Ink and oil on paper (Canson 24 x 32 cm – 250)


I have taken an unfinished sketchbook, with drawings that I did 4 years ago. How time flies. The drawings in there looked naked, I drew them in the countryside, around cows.

Cows and Colors – Ink drawing, oil pastel, water-color


I decided to put some more ink drawings on top of the old ones, and play with color and ideas.

Sketching recipe: Ingredients: sketchbook, pencil, pen, ink color, things you like, and a sprinkle of fun.

Allow yourself being intuitive, you sketchbook doesn’t have any expectations….draw anything you feel attracted to, cats, laundry, food, trees, flowers, faces. You’ll thank me later when you look into your sketchbook, after a few weeks, and there they are, your drawings, sparkling little souvenirs!

Summer, then and now – ink drawing, watercolor, oil pastel


This weekend I went to see graduating Clowns at “Le Samovar” , a school for clowns and physical comedy, in Bagnolet at the gates of Paris.

According to the college brochure “…The Samovar teaches the art of clown, from the creation of a character to the skills involved in creating shows. The whole process is based on the specific qualities and desires of each individual…..”

It’s a wonderful school that teaches a two year course for people who want to work as a clown on the stage.  If you are interested to know more about the school and the courses, here’s the link for more information, in French AND in English! LE SAMOVAR

Each clown presented a personal sketch with his/her creation of a special character. The different sketches included singing, dancing, playing music with various instruments and also athletic acts. Sketching the clowns is a challenge, as they are always doing something….you have to let your hand and your eyes do the work and be quick, and lay several sketches together on the same page.

I sat sketching , holding 6 different ink pens in my left hand, trying to avoid putting ink on my left neighbor’s dress. It also felt like 100°F (38°C) in there and I felt the sweat running down my back but it just felt right to embrace the fleeting moment, and to accept that everything changes continually.  I had the immense pleasure to share those captured images with some of the clown students after the play, when they all came outside and mingled with the public. The funny thing is that they recognized themselves in the drawings, and were so happy to see their efforts in ink on paper.

Artists to artists,  we nurture each other’s creativity, come and have a look and let yourself be inspired to see the world with a clown’s eyes. There’s a clown in every one of us.

Illustrations on Canson paper (ink and mixed media – 24×32 cm (9.4 x 12.6 inch)