JAGST hike & paint Etappe 2, Hexenbuckel via Heldenmühle to Auhof
The second part of my hike began just a few days before the sharper lockdown.
I was lucky to have a full afternoon of hiking and painting.
Starting point was in Crailsheim at Hexenbuckel, where I came by last time and I continued direction Heldenmühle.
Last summer I already drew Heldenmühle from the opposite side of Jagst river. This time I went to the side where the mill is and tried to make my pencil sketch. I discovered very fast that it was very tricky to stay there directly, where the big trucks come by. The dust was everywhere. They come from the nearby quarry, loaded with gravel. That was a bit disturbing, so my first attempt to paint was left as a sketch and I finished watercolouring later in the studio.
I changed location. The place was extremely calm. A few metres up the road (very steep and bumpy road following the signs of Jagststeig) at the highest point I knew it was worth to come here. I had a spectacular panoramic view of Crailsheim West in front of me.
As soon as I finished the watercolour, I left the place to let the hike end. The last place I came by on my way home was Auhof (where I saw some horses, but that could be part of a different story…), then I went home satisfied with the days work.
Material: Canson watercolour paper A3
Seen: Gravel trucks in the distance, a few cars, 1 tractor nearby, a few horses
Duration: One afternoon
Weather: sunny, nearly 15°Celsius
Thoughts & Learning: Never try to paint too close to a gravel quarry. As always I thought of something to eat and a coffee.