Local Heart, Global Soul

May 9, 2017

For Riens’ “Children”, Books Save The Day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next section of the Sand Sculpture exhibition  in Garderen continues to show us activities of people in centuries past, but then moves on to the work and world of Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet.

There is even a sand sculpture portrait of him (first image in this post).

Rien is depicted working in his studio, the image on his easel one of his many wildlife paintings. An information board close by reads:

Het atelier van Rien Poortvliet

Vol verve werkt Rien hier aan zijn oeuvre. Zijn schilderijen waren zijn kinderen die hij liever niet verkocht.

Hij ontdekte dat je ook schilderijeb en tekening kunt maken die in boekvorm uitgegeven konden worden, zodat de originelen in zijn bezit bleven.”

This translates as: “The studio of Rien Poortvliet.

Rien working on his art work. He considered his paintings his “children” and the idea that he would have sell, and part with them pained him.

He discovered that he could publish images of his paintings and drawings in book form, and therefore the originals would remain in his possession.”

It seems to me that choosing the vocation of “artist” must be rather awkward if you didn’t really like parting with the works you produced, but needed the income from selling them to live on.

Fortunately in Riens case, his cheeky and quirky gnome books became popular fashion items in the 1990’s  Netherlands, so he was lucky to have discovered the book option at a very opportune moment.

Going onwards I find an indoor restaurant area called de Boot, it was still early and they were busy getting ready to open.

A friendly staff member told me they were preparing for a children’s birthday party booking, but welcomes any photos, so I just took few quick photographs of the decor before continuing onwards past several booths full of merchandise.

I know from previous years, some of the biggest sand sculptures are waiting for me outside…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia / Dutch Artist / Rien Poortvliet / Gnomes
Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival

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