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Life is a puzzle

I am participating in the online course “A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery” to stir up my creativity since the end of April 2013. It is my intention to get back to my creative life, to learn focusing also on myself now and then, to make time for self-care and self-growth. The exercises I need to be doing range from writing, reflecting, to creative tasks such as painting, doodling, collage making etc. Here goes the first one. The task is to grab any art medium and feel free to get messy. As Shannon from free spirit says, “Remember, there isn’t a...

David Beckham might see himself different

Zaragoza, Spain, 2003. In one of the magazines laying around the house I find an advertisement, which is showing a profile photograph of David Beckham’s face. I decide to draw him, and I must admit I didn’t meet his proportions. I might perceive his appearance simply from another perspective, since I only notice when I finish the drawing. Nevertheless, the face I produce is outstanding, and definitely male. I continue to draw neck, throat, and shoulders. The outcome is dissatisfying, disproportional, and somewhat unfitting to the handsome face. My missing sense to...

Breast instead paper

Zaragoza, Spain, 2002. In between my tight 10 hour schedule at the language school, which I split between course attendance and homework, I still find time to draw. I have always been fascinated about hands, and when the image of a hand holding a CD disk pops up in my mind, I bring this image down to paper. It is my first attempt of drawing hands. My left hand models, while my right hand draws the lines. When I see the result I realize that the disk doesn’t really look like a real one. It rather reminds me a breast. Shorthand I decide to add a few more lines. As simple...
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Traditional Chinese Massage

Belize, 2006. Once a week I am visiting Helen in her Traditional Chinese Massage center in Corozal. She scrapes out tensions stored up in different parts of my body, mainly in the back and on the arms. She also uses all kind of other treatment tools to release any kind of tensions in my muscles. The recent invitation to her birthday makes me think about a nice birthday present. A drawing comes to my mind, which mirrors the time I spend with her each week in the session. We had taken photos of the different kind of treatments...

Nudes in engineering lecture

Berlin, around 2004. I have to attend lectures at the university about Innovation Management – obligatory, since they are part of the studies I have (how did I…?) choosen. These lectures appear most times terribly boring to me. I am unsure if it’s the professor, with his monotonus voice, or if it is the knowledge I am supposed to gain that keeps my thoughts wander away from the lecture room into a world full of colors and creativity. Since communicating between students isn’t welcoming to this particular professor during the lecture (I wonder why?…),...

Scribbling a happy witch

Berlin, around 2004. I am sitting in a cafe with one of my wonderful friends. Quite some time had gone by since we saw each other last, so we have to catch up on many things. We are conversing about the beauty of life, men, relationship issues, friends, professors, university, and even more about the great – free of charge – cultural program waiting ahead for the next week in our beloved district Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin. In the midst of our conversation, I all of a sudden feel the urge to draw. I try to push this need away for a second, since I think it impolite...

Exposed Mind

What would a psychoanalyst likely be interpreting when getting this drawing into his hands? Under which category would I fall? Whichever it is, it is rather a presumption. And in order to prevent any of those, here my truth 😉 It is December 2002. Christmas is approaching, and my mind is loaded with activities waiting ahead and laying behind. There is this photography book of my friend Michael, which mirrors African tribal life. One close-up photograph catches my focus. Fascinated by his delightful appearance, I pull out my magic pencil and let it fly over the sheet of paper....

Just draw this first line

It’s so true when it’s about drawing. As long as you keep your pencil away from the paper, you might wait enternally for creative ideas. I find the best for me is when I just stop thinking whenever I feel the urge to draw something. I take a paper, a pencil, turn on some wonderful music matching my mood, and then let my hands do whatever they want. In this case it is a mere, though remarkable line. I just make one big wave with my arm, and there it is: A FACE. Wow! Everything around just develops all by itself. The cheek is amazing. I love to realize that everything...

A hero’s magnificent hos(pi)tal view

Sweet sixteen. I successfully graduate from school. All seven final exams passed with great results. Congratulations from teachers. Even making friendship with my geography teacher, who I had been in fight with for a year. Finally recognizing my passion for his subject, he wraps his arms joyfully around me together with the delivery of a congrats rose. I love my summer holidays! They feel so different this time 😀 No more school! Ten years in the same building, and no more! I feel free, light. I hold the whole world of opportunities in my hands. I can become anything. Do anything....

Drawing on the right side of the brain

Just to let you know, being “skilled” in drawing is something anyone can learn, if he desires to. The most important thing in drawing something that looks authentic, is to be able to SEE. The book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards makes that very clear. Only if you are able to really SEE things as they are, you will be able to draw things as they appear. If YOU always dreamed of drawing authentic, then take my advice and get this book. It is fantastic, especially for those that have always believed they cannot draw. I have read...
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