Local Heart, Global Soul

July 25, 2020

The Case Of The Giant Peas…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Springtime of every year sees Himself bring back bags of raw peas from the Haagse Markt

(Posts Here: The Haagse Markt… (Part 1)  and here: The Haagse Markt… Part 2.)

I love fresh peas raw,  even preferring them over cooked peas, but raw peas can’t sit around, with every day after they are picked they become a little more dried out.

his Spring I got a massive surprise: massive peas!

Not just the  “large”version either, more like 4XXL !

In the photographs you can see the differences when placed beside “normal” sized peas, the pen and memory stick give some indication of scale.

The peas inside were of either large size (but not really more than an average large pea, mostly there were more normal sized peas in then than average, the most I counted was twelve in one pod!

I also expected the larger nes to be dry and less sweet, nope, they had been picked very recently and were as sweet as little sweet treats, and packed full of flavour!

I wasn’t as lucky to get such large peas the rest of early Spring 2020, but the normal sized ones still tasted great.

The Markt, as a “food shop”” stayed (partially) open throughout 2020 Covid19 lock-down, fresh produce stayed open but all of the clothes, fabric and other non-food shops had to close.

Added to that, there was strict control on how many people were allowed to shop at once, there being a limited amount in at first and then a “one out, one in”system after that.

Himself never had to worry about crowds though because he is someone who loves to wake up at the crack of dawn, and was always among the very first lined up at the gates at opening time.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 21, 2020

Is This It?

This next piece of Leiden ‘road art’ is fractionally less modern than the one in yesterday’s post. At first glance I thought it was a basketball or just a ball on a square base. It turns out to be an apple. As far as ’roundabout ‘centerpieces’ go, I have seen some worse, but also a ton better. Come on Gemeentes, (city councils) why not choose artists that bring humour, colour and creativity to the countries city streets? Or am I behind the times, and this is it?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 20, 2020

New Ring Road?

Driving around Leiden recently I had the camera to hand in the passenger seat. Spotted this modern ‘road art’ and grabbed a few shots as we went by. It’s in an area where new neighbourhoods are springing up like weeds, shockingly fast in fact because this used to be green fields not to long ago. Maybe I’m just getting old. I like the fields better.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 18, 2020

How Supermarkets Rip Off Customers…

This is a set of older photos I pulled out of my archive files.
I was at the supermarket and saw lots of four apples in small trays. I’ve always know that the customer pays for convenience (and packaging) and I wanted four apples so I went to the loose apples of the same variety and put four them into a plastic bag. Once thing is for sure, I never expected the price difference to be this much! I’ve resolved to never ever pick up packaged fruit if there are loose ones available I can bag, no matter how pressed for time!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 17, 2020

A Last Look With Your Kathmandu Eyes…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In my last post from the private exhibition by artist Wilfried van den Boorn and am looking at a painting called:

“Kathmandu Eyes”, which is No.32 on the price list and listed for sale at Euro 1.250,-

Wilfried van den Boorn says in his website:

My Still-Lifes do not have big gestures but rather contain the small things that are often neglected.

Often these are found objects, or objects that I have brought with me from my travels.

In my work I strive for a harmony, which is often lacking in the hectic everyday life, so that the viewer is offered a rest for the eye and mind next to the issues from the day.

Realism – In my work, the period from 1990 to the present is characterised by a number of changes in the form of the representation of the subject in my paintings. In the period from 1970 to 1990 I used a more *ideoplastic form, among other things, through a more photo realistic approach with a restriction in the choice of the subject.

(Kiwi’s note: *The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “Ideoplastic” as:  “of an art form rendered symbolic or conventional through the mental remodeling of natural subjects”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 16, 2020

Take A Look In The Hard Light…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wilfried van den Boorn held a private exhibition just before Christmas 2019. Entitled “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019” His website reads:

Wilfried van den Boorn has managed to gain a place within contemporary realists with his work.

Loved for his own  signature style, his work shows great craftsmanship and is characterised by refinement, balance, attention to detail and fabric expression.

This labour-intensive method, using reliable techniques and materials, supplemented with contemporary, newly developed materials and methods, results in balanced work, but only allows a small annual production.

The Paintings: Still life

The Still Life genre has been the most important part of my current work since 2002.  Although the still life within my oeuvre already occupied a modest place before this time I never felt a need previously to go into this subject in depth before.

With my Still Life paintings I often choose to show a performance in which flowers, whether or not combined with other attributes, play an important role. The flowers in most works come from my own garden and this is how their existence, albeit now two-dimensional, and in paint, is confirmed”

Today’s painting is No.31 in the price list and is listed for sale for Euro 1.950,-  It’s called “Hard Light” and features the sort of late evening sunshine effect that brings out the contrasts in the tulips blooms, the shadows on the table on which it lies and the fabric on the table.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 15, 2020

Parrot Tulips With Christmas Roses…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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 flower paintings can be delicate and beautiful.

Wilfred’s website continues:

“Under painters such as Jan Davidsz de Heem, Jan van Huysem, Abraham Mignon, Jan Breughel the Elder, Daniel Seghers, Willem Kalf and others, still life flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries.

It was also a period and subject where it became possible for women to gain international fame.

This how women like Maria van Oosterwijck, Rachel Ruysch and Clara Peeters have left their mark on the still life.

After this flowering period, the still life subject has managed to develop and renew itself.

Today, painters such as Rob Mohlmann, Henk Helmantel, Ben Snijders, Anneke van Brussel, Frans Klercks, Aad Hofman, Bernard Verkaaik and others are part of the group of artists who each give their own interpretation of the still life.

Today’s painting is called: “Parrot tulips with Christmas roses” and is No.27 on the price list, listed for sale at Euro 1.250,-

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 14, 2020

Majic Realism And The Spring Garden…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

My 2019 pre-Christmas attendance of Wilfried van den Boorn’s: “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019” exhibition has given me a new appreciation of Still Life.

Wilfried van den Boorn’s website tells us that he:

…used painters such as Jeroen Bosch, René Magritte, Salvador Dali, de Chirico and others, to provide a guideline for his own interpretation of the surrealistic approach to the perceived world.

Through the “*Magic Realism” of painters typical of the low countries (Carel Willink, Moesman, Pyke Koch, Dick Ket) this led to a more austere form of realism in the 1980s, followed by a period in which the paintings reflected a possible but unlikely reality. 

Ultimately, this all led to a preference for still life as a subject.” Today’s painting: “No.27 from the price list, “From the Spring Garden” (for sale for Euro 1.250,-)

(Kiwi’s Note: definition of Magic Realism: “framework may be conventionally realistic, but contrasting elements such as the supernatural, dreams, myths, fantasy invade the realism. Differs from fantasy or sci-fi because the setting is a normal modern world with authentic descriptions of humans, society and conflicts.”

Wilfried van den Boorn

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 13, 2020

Realist Realism, Nina’s Peppers…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wilfried van den Boorn’s website tells us that he:

was born in 1951 and has been working as a professional painter for 40 years.

He immersed himself in various forms of painting after his education at the Academy of Fine Art St. Joost, and the Royal Academy of Fine Art and Design in ‘s Hertogenbosch.

Against the current trends of the time, he chose the style of Realism.

Over the years he has explored and mastered facets of the work such as material expression, composition and technical construction.”

At his private exhibition entitled: “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019, these realism paintings consist mostly of flowers but the focus of today’s painting is peppers, of the chili variety!

Called: No.25 “Nina’s Peppers” it is listed as costing Euro 975,- and is a calm, quiet study of chili peppers with an upturned bowl and a paper base. beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 12, 2020

The Scribbling…

Following on from yesterday’s post is the next Wilfried van den Boorn painting. Entitled “The Scribbling” and was for sale for Euro 975,-

This painting shows are notebook, vase with flowers, a small bell,  and a sea shell. There is to the bottom right what may or may not be a dropped petal? I’m not certain and I’ve included a photograph that was only supposed to remind me of the title of the painting, because the other close ups were either fuzzy or marred by the overhead lighting.

I didn’t know this until I looked at the pictures on the computer though, and at least the top photo has a tiny glimpse onto how this painting looks close up. (Which was amazing, especially for such a small image).
Wilfried van den Boorn

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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