Half-timbered house in Thuringia, Indian ink

Facts About the Picture

Title: Half-timbered house in Thuringia

Technique: Indian ink

Materials: black ink, pen, brush, high quality cardboard

Special feature: washings (forecourt in front of the half-timbered house)

Format: 6,69 inch x 9,45 inch



Ink drawings inspire some people and others don't like them. I find it very expressive and rich in contrast. Architecture in particular, enriched by a few trees, can be represented very well as an ink drawing. I think ink is a very nice traditional drawing material. The Chinese painted ink drawings in ancient China.

Das Wort “tuschen” stammt aus dem Französischen “toucher”, etwas mit schwarzer Farbe bemalen. Es bedeutet im Deutschen “berühren”, verwandt ist es auch mit dem englischen “to touch”. Tuschen enthalten Farbpigmente und Bindemittel. Die Bindemittel können entweder aus Kunstharz oder aus wässrigem Schellack sein. Tusche hat zumeist einen sehr starken Eigengeruch und manchmal riecht man es noch Stunden später, wenn man mit Tusche gezeichnet hat. Mittlerweile gibt es jedoch einen bekannten Hersteller, der nahezu geruchslose Tusche herstellt. Von ihm beziehe ich meine Tusche. Per E-Mail-Anfrage an info@art-ledermann.de I can tell you the name. Unfortunately I am not allowed to publish brand names here.


Half-timbered house in Thuringia

You can see one of my pictures above. It represents a Thuringian half-timbered house with a forecourt. It is getting old. From the top left, branches of a tree protrude into the picture. The entrance is a circular gate. There are small windows on the first floor, on the roof and on the first floor. The incidence of light in the house is low. A special feature of the picture is the washing of the forecourt in front of the house. A wash is applied with Indian ink diluted with water and a brush. Depending on how much color you use, the wash becomes lighter or darker. For this reason, you should always try a wash on a piece of sandpaper before you apply it to the drawing board.

I mostly paint and draw on watercolor paper. Except when I paint Chinese characters with a stamp. The stamp would not come out well because the watercolor paper is clearly structured.

On the right in the picture you can see cobblestones. The area where the wash is located is sandy.


The Inspiration for this Painting

One day I had a great desire to draw with ink. It should be an architectural theme, preferably a half-timbered house. I visited the Pixabay.com website and entered the search term half-timbered house. Numerous half-timbered houses built up in front of me. I looked through the half-timbered houses in peace. Suddenly I was particularly attracted to a photo with a Thuringian half-timbered house. Maybe because I had a friendship with a Thuringian acquaintance for many years, who unfortunately has since passed away.

I find half-timbered houses very attractive, they are original, traditional, simple. They never look showy and pompous. Half-timbered houses are very cozy and I am enthusiastic about the wooden panels on which the masonry was built. I particularly like green half-timbered houses, on which ivy stands.

I have a strong penchant for traditional and historical buildings and monuments. When I see an old fountain or a half-timbered house in the middle of the city, I often stop and look at it carefully. If I have a camera with me, I like to take pictures. Here in the north end of Frankfurt, in addition to the numerous classicist buildings, we have some areas where there are half-timbered houses that were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. For example in Alt-Höchst, Alt-Sachsenhausen, Alt-Bornheim and Alt-Schwanheim. These are all parts of Frankfurt am Main where I live. Last year we were at the Alt Sachsenhausen Christmas market. The half-timbered buildings created a particularly cozy atmosphere at this annual Christmas market.

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