Local Heart, Global Soul

December 12, 2016

Talent Ticks Over Nicely In The Homes Of The Residents Of The Hague…

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The next thing that happened on “Parels” (pearls) day at the end of the 2016 summer was that Himself arrived and together we went the short distance to the Bergkerk in the Daal en Bergselaan.

There several of our friends were due to play music, and they were the reason I found out about this particular Pearls day anyway.

Unbeknown to me there was also another artist displaying her work at the back of the church.

She is very much into fabric ornamentation and was busy working on a project as she talked with visitors.

I got permission to take photographs of her work, but missed getting her name. There were strong  lights over several of the pieces and some of the details only showed up with the flash, other parts only showed up without it.

I wasn’t particularly happy with the photographs, I ate the flash with a vengeance and would have loved the chance to take photographs of these in stronger, natural light. Although I have done needlework myself and appreciate the amount of work put into these pieces, this style is not really to my taste. On the other hand there was a steady stream of visitors to the ladies table and people appeared to stay quite a long time, asking questions and looking at albums of photographs so there was certainly interest aplenty.

At the front of the church various music recitals were taking place and I was seriously annoyed when my camera battery started to look like it was on it’s last legs. Due to it dying a little while later I missed recording some of the pieces that I wanted.  The “Haags Kleinkoor” sang , “Duo Recercada” , (two very talented ladies) played music from the Renaissance, and this classical guitar duo played amazingly, making it a very restful and relaxed way to spend our time until it was time for Himself and I to go and pick up the kids from their various activities.

I am very much looking forward to next years event of this type, both in my own neighbourhood and others in the city,  making an effort to come out today has showed me what I have been missing and how much talent there is, ticking over just nicely in the homes of the residents of The Hague.

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December 11, 2016

These Paintings Plumb Blow Me Away…

Just as I did with the other “Parels” (Pearls) artist Mirelle, with Ingrid I am saving the best until last. The level of detail in these paintings is something that no photograph can do justice to. You could say that I am “plumb blown away”.

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December 10, 2016

Mastering The Old Masters…

Continuing with yesterday’s post, a photographic post detailing The Hague artist Ingrid’s studies of the old masters. The idea of making detailed copies is so that the same techniques can be learned, and judging from these photographs, Ingrid is making a rather good job of mastering the old masters.

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December 9, 2016

Visual Notes Keep A Record Of Works And Progress…

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At the end of summer I visited Ingrid, another talented artist showcased in the Hague’s  “Parels” (Pearls) Day, where on this occasion the neighbourhoods featured are the “Flora en Faunawijken” (Flora and Fauna) districts.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this means all of the streets in these neighbourhoods are named after fruit, trees, flowers etc.

The fold-out map in the Parels booklet lists all of the addresses that can be visited on Parels Day and whilst there were a vast range of hobbies and exhibits to choose from, I thought that getting through two, possibly three in the day would be more than my limit, so went with the artists I liked the most.

Ingrid, like Mirelle in my previous posts, is taking classes in the techniques and styles of the old masters, and if you like a very high standard in your artworks, neither of these ladies disappoint.

What they also have in common is that they make workbook photograph albums of their works, of  “exercise” pieces, documenting works in progress and the finished articles.

These visual “notes” are very important, not just as a method of detailing the techniques covered but also as an inspiring reminder of how the works improve with time and practice. Of course some of the finished pieces go out to friends and family or might be a commission so having a record of work you may not see often or even again is important, whatever your hobby.

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December 8, 2016

Amazing Paintings Of Flowers…

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Earlier this year several neighbourhoods of The Hague celebrated “Parels” (Pearls) Day, an open day where local community places and individual people put their hobbies and passions on exhibit to the public.

I have missed a heap of these since I first found out that they existed, including several close to me, so when a friend put the booklet for this one into my hands I was determined to try and get out and see some of the exhibits.

As per recent blog posts I started off at the home of a lady called Mirelle, an artist currently taking classes in the techniques of the old masters.

Afterwards, Himself arrived to pick me up and bring me to my next destination on my list, a lady called Ingrid.

In the same way as my posts on Mirelle I have deleted Ingrid’s last name and her address for reasons of internet safety.

Should anyone be interested in obtaining a commission piece from either of these ladies I could give them your details and let them contact you directly. Once at Ingrid’s home and as soon as I saw and recognised some of  her work, I quickly discovered that she and Mirelle are members of the same art course.  Both ladies have put their own style onto the techniques of the old masters, Ingrid having come into oil painting by way of earlier starting out in watercolour. Nowhere more can this difference be seen than in her amazing paintings of flowers…

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December 7, 2016

An Invitation To Enjoy …And Drool For Yourself.

The last pieces by artist Mirelle, when I visited for “Parels” (Pearls) Day were, I think are matter of saving the best until last.  The level of detail that she has managed to incorporate into her work is breathtaking and for a detail fanatic like me: absolutely divine. To be honest I could probably dribble on for ages, gushing about, this, that, and well, everything. The superlatives would be flowing like crazy and you would soon start to wonder if I was sane (if you don’t already). Instead I will just invite you to enjoy… and drool for yourself.

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December 6, 2016

Brings Not Just Delight To The Eye And Hand, but Also To The Soul…

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Back to my topic of a few posts ago, I am visiting one of the “Parels” (Pearls) artists, a very talented lady called Mirelle.

She is taking a specialised art class that follows and learns to replicate the techniques of the Dutch old masters.

Some of the paintings she has done have been worked on and built up over time towards the end product, and rather wisely she had the idea of taking step-by-step photographs of the process.

Then in another piece of inspiration she had these photographs put into photo books, the type that you make yourself and take in to be printed.

This means that she has an easily accessible “workbook” of sorts that not only reminds her of the steps she needed in order to replicate the process, but also a memory of works done.

Also included in her books were photographs of individual finished “studies”, everything from the parts of the face, instantly recognisable as Vermeer’s “Girl with the pearl earing”  also his “The kitchen maid”, and other works by Rembrandt and Reubens.

Mirelle was surprised and delighted that I named many of the face part paintings by artist immediately but understood when I told her I had studied both practical art and art history, so knew many old masters well.

I think it is a brilliant idea to keep photograph album books detailing the evolving status of the works, especially because in her case she also does work on commission and no longer owns all of her pieces.

There was only one painting I did not recognise, (Mirelle filled me in but I forgot to write it down and forgot because concentration is difficult).

That painting was of what may have been a bishop or cardinal dressed in black robes (…don’t cardinals always wear red or crimson?) and it’s a formal portrait. The man’s right hand is relaxed and open, his left draped in a relaxed pose over the edge of a large leather or velum bound book. Mirelle’s studies concentrated on each of the hands, I love the detail, not only in the hand but also in the book and lace cuff of his shirt. I’m in no current state to take a class like this, but if I were I would be jumping to do it, learning more about this style and technique would be not bring delight to the eye and the hand, but also to the soul.

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December 4, 2016

The Rose-Hips Are Gone, But In Their Place…

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My first visit on “Parels” (Pearls) day was to a lovely lady called Mirelle.

Her full name and address were given in the Parels brochure and she was happy to have her photograph taken for this blog post but, still this is the internet, so erring on the side of caution I have edited out her full name and address.

Should anyone be interested in contacting her for a commission, I would be happy to pass your details on to her so that she could contact you directly.

When I first flicked though the brochure that advertised each of the events and locations, I saw this image, did a double take and went back to it.

I expected the glass with the green rose-hips (if that is what they are) to be a photograph, but was in for a pleasant surprise when I started to read and saw that this was a painting and the artist adores the hyper realistic paining genre.

I went along hoping to get a close up look at this rose-hip painting but Mirelle no longer had it.

Luckily there were plenty of other paintings and artworks to catch my eye, everything from sketches and personal portraits of family members, to studies of various techniques from the Dutch old masters. For instance, Mirelle has made paintings of old Delftse porcelain, others of still life with a skull, a painting of her mother in costume with friends (painted from an old family photograph). Small paintings of boxes, large ones of beetles and roses. It’s hard to know where to look first. The work is amazing…

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