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July 6, 2020

Stopped Tumbling…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following on from yesterday’s post, this painting in the price list is listed as No.13 “Stopped tumbling” and has an asking price of Euro 2.350,–

This is one of the slightly larger paintings by Wilfried van den Boorn private exhibition I attended in November 2019.

This exhibition was called “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019“, and most of the paintings were of realistic flowers done a bit in the style of the Old Masters.

The only thing that perplexes me though is the shape of the vases: they almost appear to be unfinished, and if that’s just how the glass with blown and they are complete, then the shape and size of them seem a little unsuited to such large and heavy blooms.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 5, 2020

A Favourite Mystery…

Next in the private exhibition I attended in November 2019 by the artist Wilfried van den Boorn, is a painting called “Double tulips” with a listed price for sale of Euro 1.250,–

The painting of the wood, with it chipped white paintwork, and the cloth made this my favourites of all of the paintings here. Mind you, although it is clearly marked as “Double tulips” I am not sure why there are four blooms in the painting and not just two. I’m no botanist so this one is a mystery.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 4, 2020

Whoa…Stacked!

The painting marked as No.7 in the price list from the private exhibition of Wilfried van den Boorn is called “Stacked bowls with rakshi cup” and was listed for sale at Euro 2.250,–

The show was entitled “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019”, and almost all of the paintings are of beautifully detailed, realistic flowers. The overhead lamps in the room made for rather tricky photography. This is one of the few paintings in this exhibition to not feature flowers but the detail in the marble, keys, bowls, paper and glass is still amazing, especially since the painting is very small.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 3, 2020

This Fly Is Going Nowhere…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following on from yesterday’s post, is the painting by Wilfried van den Boorn listed as No.6 on the price list.

I only managed to photograph about half of the paintings, therefore the number of the paintings in the price list will not correlate with the number of posts I am making here.

This painting is captioned as: “Still Life with Flower Bulbs” and the asking price was Euro 1.350,–

This exhibition is entitled “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019”, and yes, at first glance I did indeed think these were onions on the table.

That thought was quickly dispelled though, because onions look quite different close up.

I love this painting, as my eyes roam around the composition I see the detail in the dark background leaves, the two little glass vases, pieces of marble, and even the dead fly. (at least the subject didn’t move during the painting process).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 2, 2020

Late Bloomers…

The next painting by Wilfried van den Boorn is entitled “Late Bloomers” (on the wall by the painting by the artist, but listed as “Late Flowers” in the price List). It’s from a private exhibition called “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019”.

(This was an exhibition I attended in November 2019, the painting was No.5 in the exhibition, with an asking price of Euro 475,–)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 1, 2020

Madonnalilies With Blue Jug…

Before Christmas in 2019 I had the chance to attend a private exhibition by the artist Wilfried van den Boorn. Entitled “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019, these are beautifully detailed painting of flowers. This first painting is called “Madonnalilies with blue jug”.  (Listed as No.2 in the Price List, the asking price was Euro 3.950,–) I think it’s easiest for the painting to speak for itself…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 28, 2020

Baggage Area Detail…

Following yesterday’s post, I’m looking at the detailed sections of the “irregular” shaped entrance/exit room of the Hollandspoor train Station Queen’s/King’s waiting room. Even this baggage area has decorative tiles on the walls, and outside, seen through the window, a fixed canopy provides shade or shelter from the elements as visitors alight or embark their transportation on their way to their destinations.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 20, 2020

I Love Rust … Who Knew?!

Spotted in a small side street in the centre of the  Hague… this rusty door. I immediately had to stop and take photographs: the patterns, forms, textures and colours intrigue me, make me want to learn to paint faster. I have not too much problem to draw (except that after a break of 25 years I’m rather rusty (an apt phrase in this instance), but at heart so far I have been a printer, In all printing mediums with the exception of silk screen.

I have etched fine lines, used a variety of tools, and turned out printed images on paper. Of course in relation to my printing I have of course also drawn in pencil or in made preparation sketches in ink. I dabbled in Gouache. The leap to water colour and oils was never made, but I’m keen to attempt it but excited and scared in equal measure. I worry about failing, falling out of love with art and not ever getting back into it.

In the meantime I am saving this for my Arty Reference Files, knowing that one day I will paint this, because I love rust!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 11, 2020

Hitched To A Wall…

Whilst out and about during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for Historic Places sites) I discovered the s-Gravenhaagsche_Stadsrijschool (Riding School of The Hague). Before I go inside I also find a horsey ‘clue’, a hitching ring. I love the texture of the ring, the colour of the metal and rust, also the colours and textures of the brick wall behind it. These are therefore destined for my ‘arty’ reference files as well as part of my Monumentendag visits.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A peek inside…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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