Local Heart, Global Soul

October 28, 2019

My Kind Of Colour Scheme…

The Hague has a series of events called “Parels” (Pearls) where many neighbourhoods have one weekend a year where artists, collectors and creative people open their homes for the Saturday, Sunday (or both) and the public can come and enjoy their creative talent. Churches and various other organisations also take part, as do musicians, but the list of places to see always far exceeds my capacity to visit them all. Therefore I pick out a few and hope that some of the ones I miss will exhibit during the “Parels” weekend the following year.

On this occasion a few weekends ago in 2019, several artists have chosen to display their creative wares in one home. (Excellent idea!) So far I have enjoyed seeing papier-mâché and weaving, now it’s the turn of the ceramic artist. These vases have beautiful tones of blue and in the second one, blue combined with a sort of earthy rust. My kind of colour scheme, my kind of style. Beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. I’d like to venture on those Sundays to see what is being created. I am always thrilled and inspired by what others are doing.

    Comment by lulu — November 3, 2019 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

    • lulu,
      Some of these artists open their doors for both the Saturday and the Sunday, others only for one of those days. With a little bit of planning I can see *most* of the ones at the top of my list.

      In some cases I also go to see the studio areas where the actual artworks were created, which also fascinates me. Houses in Dutch cities don’t have a huge amount of space, so how specialist areas for artistic endeavours can be achieved can be an inspiration in itself.

      You would LOVE these weekends, I’d love to accompany you! AND there are about nine neighbourhoods who have weekends like this… if we weren’t so busy some weekends (with kid & family events) I would get to ALL of them, and tick every single one of my favourites off my list 🙂

      Sadly physical limitations also play a part, there are invariably stairs to be negotiated and standing whilst taking photographs, In order to do it I tank up on the pain relief and try to stay awake. Himself ferries me between locations (the sweetest taxi driver ever! xoxo) but I don’t move fast. Therefore I have no hope of doing big sections of what’s available to see and have to choose my top few as wisely as possible.

      Some people open their homes several years in a row, others only once and you never know until the booklets advertising the day become available. Many of these are real gems!

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 4, 2019 @ 6:29 am | Reply

    • Lulu,
      I know exacvtly what you mean. Even if ceramics, a particular style of artwork, weaving etc isn’t my particular hobby, I can still VERY MUCH appreciate the time and effort that goes into handwork, and enjoy patterns, textures, moods, emotions that they inspire.

      So many non-artists thinkk that it takes half an hour to produce something when in reality there are often not just hours but days and weeks in many hand crafted items.

      I once had a colleague want to order a o-o cross-stitch from me once (O-O means “over one” thread instead of the usual over two treads so effectively you work in miniture and there are 4 stitches to every “regular”sized stitch).

      it gives an ultra detailed almost photograqphic look to the end piece.
      For a piece that was roughly 60cm x 30cm he wanted to pay Euro 60,– which was already only half the cost of the linen and threads!!! It took more than six months to stitch, so um…. no, I didn’t take his offer.

      I explained nicely why I didn’t want to take the offer and even then he balked at covering just the cost of the materials!

      He said he understood when I declined a second time but I could tell he thought he was offering me a good deal and was a little miffed… I mean Seriously??? Who would work on a commissioned piece of any type of hand worked product for zero profit, or indeed a loss??? ( I had forgotten to factor in the cost of acid free board and materials to block/shape the stitching afterwards ready for framing.

      Yes, of course I have spent hundreds of hours making pieces for family and friends that I gave away as gifts but these were people who meant a great deal to me and they were labours of love.

      Enjoying any artists work means also appreciating the time and effort it took to create. Lulu, there is just one thing for it, you will have to visit when one of these weekends is on and we will do the rounds together!!! (We have a guest room!).

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 17, 2019 @ 10:57 am | Reply

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