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January 4, 2020

A Bookshelf Of Inspiration…

Seeing these books in this artists studio, I asked for advice about where a semi-beginner artist might start trying out oil painting for the first time. My own artistic skills are in graphic art and many types in printing techniques, but not at all in watercolour or oils. Two books in particular were recommended, mostly because I mentioned was interested in figure drawing and anatomical studies, I’ve photographed their covers here. The interesting thing is that these are Dutch translations of book that were originally in English,

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) The Classical School of Painting Techniques // The Classical School of Drawing Techniques, both by Juliette Aristides. (Do Note that the books in English may have different cover illustrations).

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A peek inside…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 1, 2020

Still Life To Amaze…

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More amazing still life oil paintings from one of 2019’s ‘Parels’ (Pearls) artists. I think you will agree that these are stunning, Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 17, 2019

Leaves Under Water…

I’m back to photographing leaves as I wait for Himself to ferry me from one “Parels” (Pearls) visit to another. It was raining a soft but steady mizzle, the sort where you hardly notice the droplets until they build up in a layer on your jacket or hands. At least I had and umbrella and since it was still the end of summer, it wasn’t at all cold.  These leaves are “studies” for some future drawing, and will go into my reference files. That said I was really interested in the way the leaves looked when wet and partly underwater, their colours and the contrast with the stone pavement.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 16, 2019

Autumn Falling Into Place…

I love looking at nature in all sorts of seasons and weathers. Himself has been ferrying me around various appointments as usual as we do the medical rounds for my foot. It’s been raining quite a lot recently so many of the autumn leaves have been piling up, not just in heaps but also in puddles. I’ve started a series of photographic studies which I will slot in-between posts in the near future. Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 15, 2019

Functional Works Of Art…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I love maps. Old ones, new ones, but, well…if I’m honest, especially old ones. Today’s find is more in the range of “Vintage” (not yet antique /100 years old) rather than Antique (more than 100 years old), but a wonderful find all the same. My Father was born and bred in the Hague, and although I was born 16.000 kilometres away in New Zealand, I now live here too.

Seeing old maps of familiar places means something to many people, they can trace streets that they recognise, and look at street names that family members have talked about, or addresses where they lived. If the places are not local, are far flung destinations with beautiful names and geographical features, we can pour over the typography and admire the skills of the mapmakers.

There are also those of us who just like to see what’s changed between the “then” that we are looking at an the “Now” that we know, but there also those of us who simply admire the detail and beauty of a functional object crafted into a display piece that is also becomes a work of art.

The area that this map depicts is the “Vruchtenbuurt” of the Hague, They have a Wikipedia page, (which only in the Dutch language) but a few of the main points translate as:

The Vruchtenbuurt is a district that consists of the Vruchtenbuurt and Eykenduynen neighbourhoods within the Segbroek district of The Hague.

Almost all streets have the name of a fruit. The homes were mainly built in the years 1928-1940,  and before development into a residential neighbourhood this was a horticultural area.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 10, 2019

My Tourist Trap Treasure…

About ten years ago I bought this little print from a flee market in the Hague. The Lange Voorhout is a tourist trap as far as curios and antiques are concerned and nothing is particularly cheap, but as is the way with these things, I saw this and fell in love. I’m a detail fanatic, I adore the scrolls, the patterns in the background, dress, and side panels. It’s also lovely to see a babies head pop out of this very flat surface and quirky arrangement of the entire thing. It’s a religious piece of course, and whilst I do have faith I have no clue what the meaning is behind this picture. It’s in glass so the photographs were terrible to take, and I should probably take it somewhere to see if anything can be done about the dark spots splattered around the outer edges. It’s probably not worth enough to have expensive restoration done on it, it might even just be a page out of a religious book or  magazine.

I daren’t open up the carefully sealed and obviously old backing papers; if I have learned anything from antique TV programmes is that clueless amateurs have destroyed priceless objects with their “little clean-ups, cutting, plugging, sanding, gluing mending jobs and dabs of cleaning stuff that the internet told them would “be perfect for the job”. Nope, I’m not kidding myself, this is not in any way a priceless object, it’s of miniscule financial value and it is probably not to many people’s taste, but I love it so the sentimental value of my little treasure is indeed priceless.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 14, 2019

Inspiration Going Up In Flames…

The exterior “Garden” ornament area of the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 had a variety of items that I liked and wanted to record in my arty reference and inspiration files. The metal sun I particularly like as a more organic style than most that have pointy extra parts that illustrate that it is in fact a sun, instead of a moon or other planet. With a little bit of adjustment this could also be a sunflower. I have a small “thing” about trees and leaves, I love them, love to draw, photograph and observe them. That’s why I was inspired by the round log burner with the tree images on it, although I have to say that a burner that has beautiful images of threes on it is a tad ironic considering that we cut down trees to burn inside it. It’s literally the source of your inspiration going up in flames!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 12, 2019

Creepy Or Charming? You Decide…

My next find at the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 were these (I think they were cast concrete) faces. They remind me a little bit of Shrek, but somehow, for me at least, there is not quite enough charm and whimsy in the expression to avoid them just being creepy. They were too big to use as doorstops (unless you had a barn door that needed propping open, and as a garden ornament I am not sure what you would do with it.  I live in a big city and don’t have a garden but if I did I’m not sure if knowing that Shrek’s cousin was grinning in the moonlight near the potting shed would fill me with confidence or unease.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 11, 2019

Would You Keep A Cow In The Back Garden?

There seems to be a current trend for painting on stone (or concrete). Sometimes these take the form of small decorative pebbles and stones, other times they are intended to be hyper realistic images of other things. The popular theme of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition appeared to be cats, but sheep, cows, birds and even a bear (who I think doubles as a post-box) is included. Some are more realistic than others (intended to be or not) and whilst I like, for instance the black crows and black and white cats for their realism, I can’t think of where I could possibly put them, or how I would want them at home.  But full sized sheep and cows? That would make for an “interesting” garden (if I had one).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 10, 2019

A Bike Style Revival…

Also dotted around the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 were a selection of bicycles. Added as part of several displays, these instantly made me point my lens in their direction, the images headed for my arty reference and inspiration files. The wear and tear are part of the charm, and bikes with this sort of front parcel carrier have made a huge comeback as “every day” bikes here in the Netherlands. I think they are not just practical but also beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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