Sailing with my Helbling 485
Meanwhiles I am better in sailing. Last year I turned my dinghy over at least 7 times. Sometimes it was quite hard to turn it back again.
But after a lot of training in the new year, I am quite happy with my expertise. I am going with the boat always alone and since a couple of weeks I am able to use he trapeze.
Yesterday we tried out the catamaran of my friend he had bought this spring. It was great fun. I also have a Europe winner now gotten for free. We had to repair it, but now it is wonderful to sail.
In fact we have tree boats to use now, my Helbling 485 from the foto, the small Europe Winner an the catamaran.
Today another friend joined us on the catamaran. I used my Helbling 485. Was just fun though there was no sun and after an hour or so, it started to rain.
I have finished all 44 presidents (in reality only 43 because one was president twice). After finishing I thought that I could create a book by just adding a short description about every president.
I cost me a couple of hours while I was on holiday in Austria but now I have finished. I used a software you can download from the internet to create the book and now you can download or buy it from blurb.de.
Have fun to read it and investigate the paintings. Soon the book will also be available on Amazon.
Another opening with an international painter. Months ago I was driving with my car the main street in Altendorf, a village not so far away. From the street I was able to see the big paintings of a very impressive painter VOKA from Austria I already knew.
Immediately I stoppend and entered the gallery with name Kunst7 and had a look at the nice paintings. A couple of days ago I visited the homepage of the gallery and saw that this painter will have his opening just days later.
I told my friend and we attended the opening. Was really impressive. Had a small talk with the painter and bought a book signed by him.
I had already seen some paintings of David Flury, a local painter in the internet and thought: “Wow this guy knows his profession!” One evening I was searching for local exhibitions in Einsiedeln and found an article about an opening the same day with David Flury in the Chärnehus.
I just called my friend and we went there, to see the paintings of this guy. We were late and therefore almost the last guests. So we were inspecting all the paintings and afterwards started a small talk with the painter.
It ended with having several beers with Dave and a nice discussion with him and his wife. Was a very nice evening.
My wife gave me a ticket for a tandem jump at a near skydive station to my birthday. Last weekend the big event happened.
You get a short training how to behave in the plane and on the jump and then you sit into the small plane and go up 3000 meters over sea level.
I was so scared. From time to time I thought what would happen if the plane has a problem. You couldn’t do anything, would just crash down.
Up there the door is opened an you have to climb out the guid knotted onto your back. I had just no time to think about anything at that time. There is nothing under your feet, just this small part of the plane. Then you lean yourself to the right and fall.
40 seconds of free fall down to “Züricher Oberland”! Then the guid pulls the line and you are up there hanging in a piece of fabric. I was scared again, thinking about the nothing below my feet and the thin lines holding me up.
At the end it was great great great. Coming down I had the urgent wish just to go up and do it again. Maybe next year.
A friend gave me a box of acrylic chalks and showed me how to rapidly paint a face. A couple of months ago I was wondering if I could do it like him and made a first try. Luckily the first try was not too bad so that I had the courage to continue with probing. The second painting was already impressive for my personal judgement.
Immediately I had an idea for a new project. Painting portraits is very fascinating if you see a painter doing it very fast and in a profession that you immediately can identify the person which has been portrayed.
My idea is to paint the faces of all 44 American presidents, starting with the first and coming back to the current one, Obama. There is a list on Wikipedia with all US presidents and on Google you can find pictures of about everyone of them. Here are the first and the second one, Washington and Adams.
Since 6 months I am working on a new painting project. A friend had the good idea to participate at a local market where you can sell your pictures.
Only condition is that you have at least 40 pictures. So we started to paint like devil. My plan was to stay with one theme and make all 40 pictures about the same topic. After some thinking I decided to paint men.
I saw similar paintings on a web page about hobby painters and thought staying with one topic is much easier than getting creative again and again.
First I made the drawing for all 40 frames. This was the hard work but I was able to finish it within about 2 weeks. After that I continued with adding color to the first pictures. This is much more time consuming.
Here is the result of the first 20 paintings: all men with green suit. Click here to see all of them. The next 10 pictures will be in red and are currently under work.
From time to time you have to learn something new. If you go to bed and think about what you have learned today and there comes nothing into your mind. Stand up and read something in a lexicon just to be able to say that you have learned something that day.
Currently I am back on learning something for my job. jQuery is a development language for internet development, a library which makes it easy to develop web pages able to be running in different browsers.
I bought a book and started reading chapter after chapter until I came to this nice chapter about programming a monster page where you can swap images to define the face of numerous different monsters. Click here to see the page I have developed with help of that book. Many thanks to the writers of the book for the images and the idea!