Back to Leipzig for Pentecost

Is it already this time of year?! My, time flies. Anyway, I just booked my car (I live in Karlsruhe, here you use carsharing because with the craziness of building the underground and the public transport being this good it'd be madness and thrown out money to own a car.) since Deutsche Bahn is so expensive and unreliable (One week of strike!) these days. 

Anyway, I'm planning to make trips to the Moritzburg, Wörlitz Park and … Well, I will make the best of my freedom with the car. Besides it's Wave Gothic Meeting in Leipzig, so there are a lot of nice people and costumes to watch. Ooh, I'm soooo excited. 

What about you? Anything nice on your schedule? 


Minimalism sucks

It was a long time coming, but this is my point of view: Minimalism sucks. Architects and Artists alike have made minimalism the gold standard during the last century. If you ask me (and you do since you read this) I'd take rococo over modernity any day. 

Mind you I'm all for editing and I do have better things to do than to scrub and dust all my belongings with an old tooth brush everyday. But when I see those soulless new buildings or interiors I just want to scream of frustration. 

PS: I've written the above what feels like ages ago. But it still feels right to me now. And why does everyone has to have those Eames chairs these days. It's as if every blogpost on interior or every interior magazine article has one in it these days. I'm seriously bored with interior magazines these days.


Just saying hi

It seems as if a lot of my old blogging buddies have moved on from blogging to other adventures. And so did I. Real life took over. 

However during the last months, while I contemplated my life and my life's goals I realized how much I've missed to blog, to share my thoughts and art with the world. So I've decided to come back. 

Copyright-San's-Visual-Art,  Pfalz, Germany Fall 2012

A few weeks back I took a drawing workshop for designers at the Leipzig School of Design, which was amazing. My teacher T. recommended a book on visual principles, which you can only order at the library of a certain design school in Halle/Saale. And the book offers a lot of exercises to get a handle on those principles. I've decided to do those exercises and even to learn to carve in plaster. 
Why? Because I need to create something touchable to balance my work, which is mainly virtual. And damn I want some fancy 60s style sculptures for my apartment without breaking the bank. 

Anyway, getting my plaster workshop together will take a few months, since the tools aren't exactly cheap and I first want to see if I can snag a few from my fathers workshop. Until then it is photography and drawings. Which is more than I did for a long time. Now where did I put my cameras? (Just kidding!)

So, what have you been up to?


Breakfast at Tiffany's? Forget it

Breakfast at the lake in Neutraubling is much better! I stayed at the "Hotel am See" for a weekend of my friends wedding in July 2014. 


2013 foundation, 2014 refinement

This is in short how I see the year 2013 in hindsight. 

I haven't much done this year when it comes to artwork, photography or drawings. Mainly because I was occupied with my job and the set-up of my studio (it's "finished"). 

I did take a drawing class in May and I learned something in that class, but not what I was supposed to learn or had planned to learn for that matter. Instead I learned that I don't like to draw the world outside. I hate it when people look over my shoulder while I draw and comment. Nevertheless the class was good fun. 

So, for 2014 I have planned to segment it into project months. Every month I will look into something else, for example: typography, Adobe Illustrator, watercolors, illustration, macrophotography, etc. Except for January I haven't decided on the monthly topics. I think one month gives me enough time to get deep enough into a subject to find out if it is the right thing for me and to get at least a few decent results. 

So for January 2014 (I started a few days ago with it ;-) my topic is: TYPOGRAPHY, SCRIPT, CALLIGRAPHY. I always had a thing for fonts and pictures made of type. So I've got several books on that topic. Such as Type Image by Barbara Brownie (lovely book), Hand Job - A catalog of Type by Michael Perry and my newest acquisition is Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy by R. Klanten, J. Middendorp, H. Hellige. I love those books and I will have great fun trying out those ideas in them. 

What are your plans for 2014?