Local Heart, Global Soul

November 26, 2019

Mother Nature Upstages Art…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The “Parels” (Pearls) weekends are events that take place in approximately eight neighbourhoods around the city of the Hague at different times of the year.

Artists, musicians and collectors open their homes, or exhibit in local libraries, churches and community spaces to show off their hobbies.

These hobbies range from new and old collections of items,  items may be antique, or ultra modern, there are weird, wonderful, inspiring and well,,, quirky too.

Basically there is always something in the mix to please everyone.

Armed with a booklet that gives a small description about what’s on show, and a map in the back to show where to find them, the public can trace out their own route and visit as many or as few as they please.

Some artists open their homes for both days of the weekend, others stick to one day only so it’s possible to plan two days of seeing art, music, collections and other things like yoga or wellness workshops and your pace can be as full or as relaxed as you wish.

One home opened their doors to four art and craftspeople exhibiting in their living room space, saving me a lot of moving around (and a grateful Himself who was my taxi driver for these visits).

The ceramic artist here also had items in the garden area… and that’s when I am up to now.

This first photograph displays something quirky about photography… this pot, standing on a plinth under a tree, in a garden on a rainy afternoon was to be the focus of attention.

I loved the colour and the way that it had lines in it like it had been cracked, and yet it didn’t look broken. (I’m sure there is a proper name for this process, sorry I am no expert on ceramics at all).

However it was the rain itself that I tried to feature here, the droplets had run down the plinth and there was a beautiful composition of light and shadow from the tree above reflecting in the droplets themselves.

Then a kind of similar pot that featured just a few of this “cracking* technique came into view, the yellow ochre colours mixed with black was a striking combination which surprise me that I liked it so much.

What made it even more striking however were the Cape Gooseberries placed inside it.

The colours of the gooseberry outer “lantern” skins were predominantly bright, bright red, something I have never ever seen before and didn’t know existed.

I thought these outer skins (and the fruit inside) were always yellow, or maybe a slight yellowy orange. (does that mean that those with bright red skins also have bright red fruit inside? (I don’t know). I do know that if you keep one indoors long enough, then they dry to a pale yellow, tan, brown colour and have a stunning form to their delicate, dried skeletal structure.

This is the last post from this particular set of Parels event exhibitors, it’s time to move on to the next one. It’s interesting to remember though that no matter how beautiful the art is, Mother Nature is well equipped to catch our eye and upstage our efforts… Let’s just say that on this occasion Nature and Art were both winners!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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