Friday, 18 March 2011

First signs of spring in an orchard in Germany


My postcard from Martin Stankewitz has arrived! Fortunately, it was meticulously encased in cardboard, so is in perfect condition, despite being painted on relatively fragile, softly textured paper. The subtle effects in this little watercolour gem can only be achieved on this sort of paper, which I find quite difficult to work with.

Neither Google (where I checked out Streuobstwiese) nor Martin himself would elaborate on just what kind of fruit trees these are, but aren’t they magnificent!

14 comments:

Robyn said...

After a morning trying to capture trees it's uplifting to find this beautiful pen & wash - so that's how it's done! Look at those wonderful calligraphic lines in the bark, the integrity of the growth of the trunks and the vibrant spring grass. You are very lucky, Charlene. Bravo, Martin. Oh, and I love the composition too.

Albrecht Rissler said...
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Albrecht Rissler said...

Sehr schön Martin, Deine Streuobstwiese (Charlene – I couldn't find a good translation) Like Robyn, I like the composition – and the gentle light. Don late afternoon?

Papierflieger said...

Thanks for the compliments...the trees are apple trees, old traditional varieties.

Elva Paulson said...

OOOOOH! I like. It is a wonderful little scene.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!

vivien said...

lovely with a real sense of the season and beautifully observed trees :>)

Felicity said...

Wonderful - the composition, the colours, the lines, everything!

Desiree said...
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Desiree said...

Beautifully done, I love the color, it looks like spring

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

I agree with everything already said..and understanding from Albrect's postcard to Desiree that spring has arrived in Germany...it can clearly be seen here in your postcard Martin...an invitation to roll in that green field!!Beautiful work!
Ronelle

Alison Staite said...

Martin - This is such a great composition. Plus I keep looking at the colour work of the field - Lovely! Hurrah for Spring!

bridgethunter said...

This really expresses early Spring. A lovely postacd.

Pat said...

Finally, spring! wonderfully done! It seems you might have painted this with a smile on your face. It brought a smile to my face.

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