Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Apple blossoms from Germany


What a lovely thing, on a drizzly, mizzy autumn day (very unseasonal - we are supposed to be having cool but clear, crisp autumn weather) to find this great, solid chunk of spring in my postbox. I thought it was made of wood at first, so thick and heavy is this postcard! Martin's characteristic strong composition was easy to recognise, with the season's apple blossom and fresh new greens - and of course, trees! On the reverse side, a sample of his busy studio with marks of inks and prints, as well as the postmarks of it's journey here. I'm absolutely delighted to own this beautiful card - and am keeping it propped up on my mantelpiece to give me a reminder of spring through our cold months coming up.

14 comments:

Katherine Tyrrell said...

It's always great to see Spring Blossom. I'm wondering what Martin used for his postcard

Bridget Hunter said...

I'm enjoying looking at this card and the depiction of apple blossom - which fairly sings out - in the strong, simple, country scene. Great mailart.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Beautiful!

Janet said...

I like the strong contrast of green and brown. And I like barns - and apple blossoms - and I obviously like this card.

Robyn said...

And he's used those expensive Le Coubusier colours!! I do hope you use those for my postcard too, Martin. I want to know what it's painted on too.

Such a beautiful painting with those wonderful greens, the now iconic apple trees and the gorgeous depth of field. Bravo.

Papierflieger said...

Thanks a lot for the compliments on my humble attempt with a set of colours from http://www.ktcolor.com/.
Those are silica based gouache like colours that can be used as wall paints indoors and outdoors. After drying I applied a layer of fixative spray and acrylic glaze,because I found out that with the glaze it is possible to bring some of the brightness back that the wet colors have. The colors dry matte otherwise.

Cathy really did a great scan/photo as the surface is shiny and wrinkled too.

I got these colors years ago as a gift.The price is quite steep, but the quality is superb. Only very little color is needed for paiting and those color hues are awesome especially the greys and blues.

Albrecht Rissler said...

I'm already looking forward to the postcard from Martin. The place on the pin board is already kept free! Great postcard!

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Beautiful MArtin..I love those shadows - perfect color, perfect shapes!
ronelle

Robyn said...

This is the third time I've commented on Martin's beautiful postcard. My comment keeps being deleted. I'm going to have one more try.

Apple trees now always remind me of Martin because he's made them his own with his beautiful monotypes, drawings and gouache paintings. This one has glorious colour and wonderful depth of field.

vivien said...

a lovely breath of spring :>)

Desiree said...

Love this one too! Great job Martin, looks as though the weather is improving

Papierflieger said...

Many thanks for the compliments on my humble attempt with colors.
The colors are available at http://www.ktcolor.de/
they have also distributers in the US,UK and Switzerland.

Liz Steel said...

wow! what a gorgeous spring card!

Alison Staite said...

Martin - This is super! Great colours and great composition!

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