Sunday, 20 March 2011

Springtime at Heidelberg Castle from Albrecht for Desiree!

I couldn't wait to share my amazement as I opened my mailbox to see such a large and perfectly traveled postcard from Albrecht in Germany! It was if he had sketched it during an outing and then cut it from his sketchbook and dropped it into MY mailbox. The corners are not even damaged. The front of the card is the most amazing graphite/pencil sketch somewhat reminiscent of an old European postcard you might have received before color was available, done by one of the masters of the time. The tiniest, most graceful lines make his view of Heidelberg Castle beckon me to visit!  I love the mature tree line that seems to frame in the castle. Then, like a bonus gift I turned the card over to see a beautiful watercolor and pen sketch of the oldest care house in the world built by Carl Benz in 1907 in Ladenburg, very close to Heidelberg. He goes on to say that Ladenburg itself might be the oldest city on the right bank of the Rhine.5000 years old. He also says that is the beginning of spring, finally! It is warm enough to sit here for awhile.

Thank you so much Albrecht for my wonderful card, it gives me a glimpse into your world! I also just love all the stamps that arrived, nicely canceled in the middle as to not ruin anything about this perfect card!

9 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

I love it.. It's so nice to see all the beautiful postcards..the gift that keeps on giving for certain.

Cathy Gatland said...

What a beautiful, beautiful card - everything about it is special, from the classicly elegant drawings to the sketchbook edge and the stamps - a treasure for you Desiree!

Robyn said...

Beautiful drawing. The graphite landscape is so wonderful. What a gift Albrecht has and what a gift he has sent you, Desiree.

Wouldn't it be great if we could bring these cards all together for a travelling exhibition at the end of the year. And then there's the book ..... :)

Felicity said...

Such an amazingly beautiful card! A gift indeed!

Papierflieger said...

Beautiful, a typical 5 minute sketch by Albrecht...;).

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

what a beautiful card...truly reminiscent of long, long ago! Beautiful Albrecht...both sides of the card! And once again, magnificent stamps as well.
Ronelle

Alison Staite said...

Wow - Yes beautiful drawings. Albrecht is such a good draughtsman, i am always so inspired seeing his work!

bridget hunter said...

I love the atmosphere evoked by the masterly use of pencil.

Pat said...

My favorite is graphite and the way you have used the soft grays to capture this lovely image, Albrecht, is masterful indeed.

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