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February 20, 2020

Pompeii Comes To The Ball…

During the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag'(Open day for Historic Places sites around the Netherlands), and I visited the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague. There are regional booklets produced for this event, my guidebook is an A5 sized book where each page showcases one of the sites, shows a photograph and gives a short blurb about the history / main features etc. The text is in both Dutch and English, the English reads:

The Sociëteit De Vereeniging meeting room is decorated in an eclectic style, in which the walls and ceiling are covered with ornamental and figurative paintings. In the architecture sections of the walls one can clearly see the elevation that occurred in 1885. The paintings were stencilled onto the walls in-between the marble pillars. They depict elegant Baroque figures that are based on wall decorations in Pompeii.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 16, 2020

Chair And Floor By The Door…

‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) has bought me to the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague. It’s not just the walls that are beautiful, even the floor is stunning. Note too the massive ornate chair. Wonderful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 14, 2020

Scrolls And Ribbons Run Rings Around Us…

Who doesn’t love a swag, a banner, a ribbon or a sweep of decorative paintwork? The designers of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) certainly did. And So do I. I also know that these things are harder to draw and paint well than they first appear. You could almost say that these artists run rings around us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 13, 2020

A Monumental Owl…

The entrance hallway of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) throws up some brilliant details. Spied: One Owl.  This 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) visit is turning out to be even better than I imagined.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 12, 2020

Simple, Elegant, Beautiful.

Following on from yesterday’s post, it’s not just the laurel and grape leaf motifs in the decorative panels of the entranceway of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) that catches my eye. There are floral motifs there too. Simple, Elegant, Beautiful.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

February 11, 2020

Faces In The Hall…

The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague has a beautiful entrance hall, the walls filled with decorative motifs. The surrounding laurel leaves of the top image and the grape leaves of the second may or may not have symbolic significance, but even if not, they are an amazing example of design beauty. I was here during the summer of 2019 because of the Dutch event “‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites)and this is exactly the sort of place I would have missed seeing otherwise.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 5, 2020

Sterren op het Doek,: Stars On Canvas…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is a Dutch television programme called:  ‘Sterren op het Doek’, (Stars on Canvas) where three artists paint a portrait of a famous Dutch person whilst that person is being interviewed by the presenter of the show.

The artists make sketches / paint basis from the live subject sitting, then complete the portrait in their own studios within a designated time limit.

A few weeks later they reassemble in one of the famous galleries of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where they again meet the famous person for the big reveal.

The initial reveal is done without the artists present so the famous person has no idea who has painted which portrait. The person then choose one of the portraits to take home with them, the other two are auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The artists who take part are hobbyists or those who manage to make a living from their artwork, and their styles are always very different which makes for compelling viewing, the audience kept guessing which of the portraits will be the one chosen. 

On this occasion the artist (Bert) is one of the artists who has been chosen to paint a portrait, but as per the theme of the programme, none of the artists will know who the famous person they will be painting is, until they walk in for the interview.

The spot where the interview takes place may however give a clue as to the identity of the famous person.

The famous person in this instance is Lee Towers, a Dutch singer famous from the 1970’s to the present day who gives Las Vegas style performances.  

Bert is the painter that I have been visiting during one of the 2019 ‘Parels’ (Pearls) days, but I didn’t know that when I visited.

Bert also wouldn’t let visitors know the outcome of the show, which had been filmed but hadn’t been aired yet. He didn’t even vaguely hint that he had won, so the outcome of the show when I saw it on TV it was a complete surprise!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) TV Presenter Özcan Akyol, Singer Lee Towers and Lee’s wife

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(below) Bert and his winning portrait…

(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)

January 3, 2020

A Well Lit Studio…

Following yesterday’s post, this is the studio of the artist who’s paintings I have been featuring in recent posts. His style is detailed and realistic, something that ticks every box for me! He tells me that this used to be a family bedroom but now that his children are grown and more of less out of the house, this room has been converted into his artist studio. The skylight gives natural daylight in abundance, perfect for painting. In Dutch houses where space is often at a premium, this kind of art space will be looked at with many an envious eye (mine included!)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 2, 2020

Tools Of The Trade…

Oops, A New Year and I’m out of synch again: as a creature of habit the new date always throws me on the first days of January.  Apologies for that. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I love having an inside peek into artists workplaces, not only can their work spaces be interesting but their tools of the trade can be very photogenic too. Ok of course Rembrandt mixed his paint colours from ground powders, but the tubes of today are also beautiful in their own way…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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