RIVERPAINTINGS, Etappe 1 – from Diembot to Hessenau

JAGST hike & paint


After some time since my last hike & paint adventure (and my book „Watercolours along Jagst river“)  from Crailsheim to Kirchberg, I decided to make a new start and do more „microadventures“ of this kind in the area from Kirchberg to Langenburg, always following Jagst river. The project name will be: RIVERPAINTINGS

The rules would be basically the same:

  1. Plan consecutive hikes, start in the morning, at the place, I have last been towards the city of Langenburg
  2. Have enough watercolour, and paper packed
  3. Paint the whole day, what seems interesting to me on the way (as it turned out that only a few hours is not worth the effort)
  4. Do at least one tour in a month for seing the change of seasons
  5. Have enough coffee and snacks to picknick

START: Drove through Kirchberg on my way and made a short car stop in Eichenau, where I made a sketch of the gorgeous stone bridge and weir last summer (see last post). Therefore I spared this location out and drove along the river to Diembot, which is very close and parked the car right at the little bridge to start my todays walk to the left of Jagst river.

My bagpack felt light and I was in good mood. The weather was unusually warm for the month of January. The water of Jagst was quite high,  like dark petrol colour and from the other side of the river I could hear some noisy tree cutting work in progress.

The way I followed,  was very close to the river and on my mobile navigator,  I could see that the river would make two complete  U-turns on the way. When I entered the forest, the trees were dotted with white dots, the noises I formerly heard aren’t any more and besides the cracking beneath my feet, it was very calm.

Then I had to go up steeper into a forest with lots of very old oak trees, often covered by light green moss.

When I was up very high over the river I could hear some orange men on the other side of the river shouting and making noice. Turned out that there was a drive hunt going on. Then some shooting…

Some fallen trees obstructed my passage here and there and very soon I was leaving the forest again. I could see Hessenau in the green valley below me. Here I needed to make an A3 panoramic sketch (see above).

After the picnic high above Hessenau and after finishing my painting I continued towards Hessenau, went over the bridge and to the „milk-station“, which was a little hut filled with fresh dairy products and other provisions. Here I bought some stuff and saw that the hunters have already finished their hunt and they caught 5 huge brown boars. Two of them were already stretched and three of them on the ground. The colours orange and green were their trend colours;) Made two rough pencil sketches which I coloured later in my studio.

Jäger nach der Wildschweinjagd


I crossed the mill, walked out of the village and continued upwards into the forest again. This time I was at the other side of the river for the way back. Consecutively Hessenau will be the starting point for my next tour. From now on I was on my way back.

The only flowers I saw was „Nieswurz“, a Helleborus plant. It was directly above my path and I also only made just a pencil sketch as it was already late and beginning to get colder…


Saw a deer, five dead boar, lots of green and orange hunters and a really enchanted acorn-linden forest half way on the way back to my car.

The weather was fine, with some wonderful sunshine in the afternoon at about 6-8 ° C, which is warm for January.

All in all I walked more than 10 km, therefore sketched more than painted… time flew by and it gets dark early. The conditions were perfect and it was a good start.

Maybe next time I would walk less and paint more. Can’t wait for the next hike&paint adventure.

RIVERPAINTINGS – Jagst hike & paint continuation

JAGST hike & paint

Those who did not read my older blogposts might not know that I did several consecutive hikes along Jagst river from Crailsheim to Kirchberg in different steps some time ago.

The rules for my hike & paint project were to always start a new hike at about the same point, the last hike ended in order to get a full picture of the way westwards along Jagst river. In between I made stops and painted what was interesting to me, like fauna, flora, landscapes, panoramics, and above all the water of my home river: JAGST

Soon I will do a continuation of this hike & paint project, which I will call RIVERPAINTINGS.

My new starting point will be Kirchberg and I will walk towards Langenburg in several step. How many it will be I do not know yet. But I know that the interesting things will again be the change of seasons in my paintings and the things I experience on the way.

Have fun following my RIVERPAINTINGS journey and see the hidden treasures of my beloved Hohenlohe Region.

Bettina Ruppert


(the above photo shows a place called Eichenau, which you will find westwards after leaving Kirchberg along Jagst River.  There is a wonderful stone bridge by the weir. This painting was done last summer.)

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