sundays

Golden october sunday

Today has been all about the pursuit of Carpe Diem – spending the first half of the day outside on a long photo walk- and the second half at the open Windows of my favourite room in my Appartement, sketching, drawing, colouring the latest ideas from the bottom of my heart.

Here are some impressions:

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As to the drawings – imagine being invited to have a peak at my vw campervan – Daydream-Edition 🙂

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Sunday morning – counting my blessings (Day 5 of “31 playful days of drawing”)

Colours expressing the warmth, cosyness and Chosen slow motion mode of my favourite kind of Sunday Mornings. Images Show how much I love the simple things: a good Cup of coffee, a candle, journaling, having beautiful trees in front of the window (or being able to look at the kitchen AND Loggia window to see them)

Colours expressing the warmth, cosyness and Chosen slow motion mode of my favourite kind of Sunday Mornings. Images Show how much I love the simple things: a good Cup of coffee, a candle, journaling, having beautiful trees in front of the window (or being able to look at the kitchen AND Loggia window to see them)

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Welcome, October – and welcome, “31 playful days” with a huge thank you to Tara Leaver

Day 2 - reminiscing the love for blind contour drawing the way Tara's taught us... and doing a happy Memory timetravel as I was so reminded of our Creative Spark course.

Day 2 – reminiscing the love for blind contour drawing the way Tara’s taught us… and doing a happy Memory timetravel as I was so reminded of our Creative Spark course.

Day 1 - favourite coffee mug. The Cup which "stood model" is similar shape wise, but intuitively I went with how the Cup and the yummy coffee inside makes me feel. Cosy, warm, at home, Content... Besides that, it was fun to experiment with loads of texture.

Day 1 – favourite coffee mug. The Cup which “stood model” is similar shape wise, but intuitively I went with how the Cup and the yummy coffee inside makes me feel. Cosy, warm, at home, Content… Besides that, it was fun to experiment with loads of texture.

This year, welcoming October could hardly be easier, for so many reasons:

-It’s warm and sunny, the sun turns everything into Gold here and I Keep admiring the red beech and a maple tree in front of the window, and how much Beauty they have to offer

    • -I purchased 2 new Memory Cards for my camera and cannot stop taking photos of the treetops and the deep blue sky
    • -It’s my fall break – hip hip hooray
    • -The long awaited new novel by Rachel Joyce, “The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy” has been released – at the beginning of my fall break, how happy am I?  (This will take an extra blog post sometime today or tomorrow)
    • -last Wednesday, “31 playful days”, Tara Leaver’s generous and amazing drawing Project started. Again: how happy am I? (Very)

This morning is a rather grey-ish Sunday, and – oh happy fallbreak – a perfect reason to catch up with Tara’s blog. Next week will be the Creative Spark anniversary, means, it’s a year ago that I took part in Tara’s first ever online course (see related blog post) and not only did I create drawings and paintings I hadn’t before, I also met the most amazing People, and made amazing friends, way beyond social media !! One of many reasons to keep going back to Tara’s ever-inspiring blog, especially without jumping up for desk work or other chores.

   The latest post is a very precious gem in Terms of learning about creative process, intuitive artmaking, Living a creative life, Inspiration to get the art supplies out! Not to speak of the artwork added in the photos!! Go see yourself:

http://taraleaver.com/2014/10/creative-process-blog-hop/

October might also be a Blogging-intensive month here – as I plan to Keep you updated about 31 playful days. Day 1 and 2 are up there, well, obviously :), and here are Day 3 to 4. Day 5 is yet to be born.

Day 4 - A Way To Travel Everyone who knows me just a little won't be surprised with this choice.

Day 4 – A Way To Travel
Everyone who knows me just a little won’t be surprised with this choice.

Day 2 - reminiscing the love for blind contour drawing the way Tara's taught us... and doing a happy Memory timetravel as I was so reminded of our Creative Spark course.

Day 2 – reminiscing the love for blind contour drawing the way Tara’s taught us… and doing a happy Memory timetravel as I was so reminded of our Creative Spark course.

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My hometown from an interesting – sunlit – perspective

Even before going on today’s adventure I was convinced: It’s so much fun being a Tourist in your own City.

Yet I have learned that experience got its own ways, or, in other words: It wasn’t just fun, it was even better!!

It’s been a late September Day, very warm, golden sunlight and I decided to try out the muchly admired City Tour bus which passes by at Burg Frankenberg near my place. So, off on the upper deck, appreciating that the nice bus Driver opened the Roof and I was in for 2 and a half hours of sightseeing of an area of about 10 kilometres altogether. If you have such things in your hometown and haven’t tried it out – I can recommend to pencil in a date for this and go ahead. And – don’t forget your camera. Here are today’s impressions of my hometown, Aachen, Germany, with bits of information or rather subjective comments on the places or Events.

On my way to the bus stop - autumn is saying hello and I feel ready to face the Beauty of leaves

On my way to the bus stop – autumn is saying hello and I feel ready to face the Beauty of leaves

 

At the bus stop - the schedule and information about the tour and fees

At the bus stop – the schedule and information about the tour and fees

 

Drinking out of a camera-objective-styled thermo Cup caused a certain bewilderment, especially with the guy next to me who introduced himself (or rather his character) by asking me if I am at all able to handle such a camera :)

Drinking out of a camera-objective-styled thermo Cup caused a certain bewilderment, especially with the guy next to me who introduced himself (or rather his character) by asking me if I am at all able to handle such a camera 🙂

 

Elisenbrunnen = Elisen-fountain, nice architecture combined with smelly Sulfur water coming out of wells. Not everyone's Cup of tea. Behind Elisenbrunnen lies the ancient part of the City with pretty cobblestone streets and lots of Cafés and stores.

Elisenbrunnen = Elisen-fountain, nice architecture combined with smelly Sulfur water coming out of wells. Not everyone’s Cup of tea. Behind Elisenbrunnen lies the ancient part of the City with pretty cobblestone streets and lots of Cafés and stores.

At Elisenbrunnen, too. The upper deck of the bus offered a special perspective

At Elisenbrunnen, too. The upper deck of the bus offered a special perspective

 

Passerby blurry Impression of my neighbourhood

Passerby blurry Impression of my neighbourhood

 

Ludwig Forum, a former umbrella factory, now Hosting important pieces of Modern Art. A good place to go actually, yet the neighbourhood isn't my favourite...

Ludwig Forum, a former umbrella factory, now Hosting important pieces of Modern Art. A good place to go actually, yet the neighbourhood isn’t my favourite…

Tivoli, the Soccer Stadium and home of Alemannia Aachen.

Tivoli, the Soccer Stadium and home of Alemannia Aachen.

 

Aachen is famous for their horse riding tournaments, world wide even. CHIO is the name of the game. There are rumours in Aachen that it always rains during the CHIO week. As it often rains anyway it's hard to prove ;)

Aachen is famous for their horse riding tournaments, world wide even. CHIO is the name of the game. There are rumours in Aachen that it always rains during the CHIO week. As it often rains anyway it’s hard to prove 😉

 

This is a very new bridge next to the Stadium for horse riding and Soccer. It's the northern entry/Exit of the City.

This is a very new bridge next to the Stadium for horse riding and Soccer. It’s the northern entry/Exit of the City.

 

Ha! Spotted a van. It's a good day when I spot vans :)

Ha! Spotted a van. It’s a good day when I spot vans 🙂

 

Alley

Alley

 

Lots of houses in Aachen have this kind of beautiful statues

Lots of houses in Aachen have this kind of beautiful statues

 

Europaplatz - Europe square. A huge roundabout, framed by the flags of many European countries. Aachen gives an Award for extraordinary success in european dialogue each year called The Karlspreis, "Karl's Award", named after the Emperor Karl der Große

Europaplatz – Europe square. A huge roundabout, framed by the flags of many European countries. Aachen gives an Award for extraordinary success in european dialogue each year called The Karlspreis, “Karl’s Award”, named after the Emperor Karl der Große

Blurry but colourful view into Pontstraße, heart of the Student quarter, Café next to café

Blurry but colourful view into Pontstraße, heart of the Student quarter, Café next to Café

This lizard looking building is a rather new helicopter landing spot at the (incredibly ugly) University Hospital Aachen. I don't find it pretty but I am very fascinated of its architecture again and again...

This lizard looking building is a rather new helicopter landing spot at the (incredibly ugly) University Hospital Aachen. I don’t find it pretty but I am very fascinated of its architecture again and again…

Seriously, can you believe THIS is a Hospital? A renowned one, even!

Seriously, can you believe THIS is a Hospital? A renowned one, even!

On the way up the narrow curves towards the Three-Country-Spot "Dreilaendereck", where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet. It's the first time I haven't gone up here by bike. Imagine the calories you burn going there by bicycle. But you'll be rewarded with sodas and icecream at the top :)

On the way up the narrow curves towards the Three-Country-Spot “Dreilaendereck”, where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet. It’s the first time I haven’t gone up here by bike. Imagine the calories you burn going there by bicycle. But you’ll be rewarded with sodas and icecream at the top 🙂

The top

The top

Information about the Dreilaendereck and the fun Labyrinth (with surprise fountains in it)

Information about the Dreilaendereck and the fun Labyrinth (with surprise fountains in it)

Platform up at the Dreilaendereck. There will be one more platform to Show and for all of you who are afraid of heights, too, you should know that this is the easy one. Not that I went up there... goodness no.

Platform up at the Dreilaendereck. There will be one more platform to Show and for all of you who are afraid of heights, too, you should know that this is the easy one. Not that I went up there… goodness no.

Probably a very good Point to look out to three countries at one climb - but I will never know. :)

Probably a very good Point to look out to three countries at one climb – but I will never know. 🙂

 

This Beauty looked at me in the park near the bus stop where I stopped by after the bus tour.

This Beauty looked at me in the park near the bus stop where I stopped by after the bus tour.

Home - my favourite square - where Saturday markets delight my heart as well as Saint Martin bonfires ...

Home – my favourite square – where Saturday markets delight my heart as well as Saint Martin bonfires …

Thank you very much for staying and looking at all the photos. I sure hope that you might feel inspired to do something like this, too. It’s worth the time spend, especially if you find a good Balance between taking photos with eyes and heart and with your camera. One comment on the Headline of this post. The perspective was so Special as I sat way up on the sunny deck. Like this:

I sat on the right top seat in the front. Prime photographer seat as the busdriver expressed :)

I sat on the right top seat in the front. Prime photographer seat as the busdriver expressed 🙂

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Looking at my hometown with fresh eyes

It is by far not the first time for me to do a photowalk in downtown Aachen, and this morning I didn’t even change much of my usual paths but yet there were new impressions to be caught with the camera or different angles …

Some looked best in sepia and some in colour. Let me take you on a visual walk through the city which is only a few minutes from two other countries, namely the Netherlands and Belgium.

This redbrick building is a theatre, it offers mostly alternative plays, or at least very alternative Adaption for the 20-30somethings

This redbrick building is a theatre, it offers mostly alternative plays, or at least very alternative Adaption for the 20-30somethings

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at the theatre window.

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…on my way to the cathedral and Muensterplatz (~ cathedral square)

 

Looking up does pay off from time to time

Looking up does pay off from time to time

 

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love the colour combination

love the colour combination

 

You have to know the quarter to find this passageway. Love it. So much charme there....

You have to know the quarter to find this passageway. Love it. So much charme there….

 

 

swirly

swirly

 

a shop selling wool. Yes, it's Aachen. Quite unusual for the City though...

a shop selling wool. Yes, it’s Aachen. Quite unusual for the City though…

 

A violin builder

A violin builder

 

Italian Food and such an artsy sign. Note to self: Make a sign series. :)

Italian Food and such an artsy sign. Note to self: Make a sign series. 🙂

 

 

cathedral...

cathedral…

Magnolia and Saints

Magnolia and Saints

 

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Don't those angels get dizzy? Actually I have never paid Attention to those sculptures...might have been distracted by the magnolia tree

Don’t those angels get dizzy? Actually I have never paid Attention to those sculptures…might have been distracted by the magnolia tree

 

Mr Duck Swimming in a small fountain. He looked a bit lost there... and attracted lots of children

Mr Duck Swimming in a small fountain. He looked a bit lost there… and attracted lots of children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Acoustic tunes for a cosy Sunday morning

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As an early bird on a Sunday morning I noticed that…well…autumn really is very much here now. Like it has arrived with all character treats it can have. And autumn can be so atmospheric.

In autumn I watch myself getting my “seasonal” music and books out.

Book-wise this is for example Hesse’s  ‘Narcissus and Goldmund’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ as well as everything by Helene Hanff, whose favourite season might have been autumn telling from her books 🙂

Music wise I’ll go get the acoustic albums of the following bands:

Icelandic heartwarming sounds by Sigur Ros:

And..not too far from Iceland, namely Norway: Kings of Convenience. Watch this video to learn new dance moves 🙂

and last for this Sunday morning: José Gonzalez el virtuoso at the Nylon string guitar.

Hope you enjoy. Happy Sunday!

 

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Coffee or tea? A thank you to all new followers and for amazing comments in the past weeks!

wax crayons and coloured pencils on index cards

wax crayons and coloured pencils on index Cards

There is no bad weather, there is just wrong clothing people say. Well……yes. Agreed.

But there is a cosy, incense-scented loggia, crayons and coloured pencils and tons of Images/ideas in my System calling me and also a self-made tracklist with Songs of Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Jonathan Jeremiah and Elvis Perkins….which made me appreciate autumn colours from the inside and dedicate myself to index Card drawings.

By this I would love to say thank you very much to all new followers for stopping by at my blog,

reading, commenting and even following it! Thank you! I very much appreciate this!!!!

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

 

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‘Art’ and ‘authentic’ start with the same letter. Makes sense to me. :)

English: A palette of watercolours and a brush...

English: A palette of watercolours and a brush. Deutsch: Wasserfarben und Pinsel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Sunday morning to you.                 

While I am doing the countdown for my art therapy college Training to start, I am looking into Websites and books about artmaking, preferredly the intuitive, authentic Approach.

After having come across the Website www.createmixedmedia.com

Today I have read a lovely article about uniqueness, which I am dropping here for you to enjoy:http://www.createmixedmedia.com/blogs/art-and-paint-layers-and-life-be-authentic

Well it is not great, but here is one of the c...

 

Maybe Sundays are your “taking hours for creative activity”-days, too.

But whatever you do, have a good day.

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A gift from my friends’s garden

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Here you see some particularly special blackberries and cherrytomatoes..
They are in my food top ten anyway but a box of these are a gift from my friends (whose younger daughter is my godchild) – grown in their garden. This makes them even more special to me … and reminds me of doing the extra mile more often in different aspects in life… 
A lovely sunday to all of you.
Best,
Nic

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Sunday – Day # 25 of The August Break

Sunday mornings are something of a treat to me. There is a Radio Station called WDR2, “West Deutscher Rundfunk” it says (=western german broadcasting) which has a 1 hour interview with interesting people each Sunday at 8 a.m. . So no sleeping in on Sundays. Getting up in time to get a Cup of coffee ready and listening to this amazing Radio Show.

The woman doing the Show, it’d be called “Sunday questions” in english, really has a wonderful way to talk to people and she has the most interesting people to talk to. A year ago she talked to Imme de Haen, a woman who bought a beautiful old redbrick farm house in northeastern Germany in the middle of spectacular landscapes and started to offer retreats there.

This morning the light was quite autumn-like already. Especially at 7:30, I love to be a “half-early” bird and be up at this time of the day when everything is so quiet and the ligth so special.

Usually, while drinking the first Cup of coffee I take a look at today’s prompt theme of The August Break. I had already taken those photos you’ll see below, capturing the atmosphere (and the aforementioned plum cake ^^)  this morning and it was only then that I discovered today’s theme is …

Sunday

 So, here is Sunday morning:

Beautiful flowers from yesterday's Farmer's Market down the street

Beautiful flowers from yesterday’s Farmer’s Market down the street

Ready for having friends over.

Ready for having friends over.

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Sunday also is a reading day.

Speaking of this: have you heard about the book “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”?

Although I still have unread books in the shelve, I went back to read this book on Friday after seeing an article about it..and… I must admit that this book should have been part of my post “The August Break- Books” …

The book is heartbreakingly deep and beautiful. I so went on this pilgrimage with Harold and could not stop reading. Harold develops a real mindful attitude while on his way and his way of being able to listen to people he meets along the way, almost reminds me of Michael Ende’s Momo.

Here are a few quotes for you to get you ….more curious/going to the next library or bookstore ..

“You got up, and you did something. And if trying to find a way when you don’t even know you can get there isn’t a small miracle; then I don’t know what is.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

 

“Beginnings could happen more than once, or in different ways.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

 

you could be ordinary and attempt something extraordinary, without being able to explain it in a logical way.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jan/06/unlikely-pilgrimage-rachel-joyce-review

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https://theartoflivingintheverymoment.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/the-august-break-day-15-books-i-could-post-about-five-hundred-photos-to-thish-prompt-but-i-will-limit-the-choice/

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