Local Heart, Global Soul

November 15, 2019

The Illustrative Art…

This is the last post  featuring the illustrative cards made by Marette, who also goes by the nick-name “Zentangle, Klokbeker”. She has a website if anyone is interested in her work: “www.marette.123website.nl”. It was apparent that her cards were quite popular, visitors hovered constantly around the table where she was selling cards, waiting to select and buy. I think it’s excellent that she can also sell some of the designs she loves, more power to her!

The “Parels” (Pearls) events that take place throughout the Hague on various weekends are a wonderful initiative: people open up their homes for one (or two) days of the event weekend (or exhibit their work in the local library, church etc.). Visitors get to see some of the amazing artistic talent from within their local community, There are also musical events and people who have built up collections of all sorts of amazing things. Right now I am focusing on the mediums that involve brush and pen, ceramics, jewellery and the like.

I didn’t even get to most of the collections but hopefully they will be “showing” next year too and I can catch up with them then.  Let’s enjoy these beautiful cards from Marette, if you need more contact information than I have posted already, I have it, but not posted it here for reasons of privacy. internet safety and to avoid a mountain of spam in her inbox.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 14, 2019

Departures And Arrivals…

(photograph © Kiwidutch) Following on the heels of yesterday’s post, Marette’s black and white line drawings, many filled with colour are made into small cards, and are selling well. These ones follow themes: the first is a large stack of trunks and boxes, the card could be used for someone going on travelling adventures, or just shifting house, locally or otherwise. The others are baby cards… So I thought it appropriate to entitle this post “Departures And Arrivals“.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 13, 2019

Customer / Artist Interaction…

I am still enjoying one of the “Parels”  (Pearls) artists open home  weekends and  this posts follows several recent related posts. The lady (Marette) who also does the black and white abstract designs, and the coloured letters, also make little cards. They  didn’t cost much at all, (Euro 25 or 50 cents if I remember correctly, but don’t quote me on that being completely correct because I forgot to do a proper check and might be completely wrong!). Many of the cards were fairly general, a few cards were aimed at various occasions … “Bedankt” translates as “Thank You”.

Judging by the comings and goings of visitors whilst I took photographs, Marette sold a good few.  I was pleased to see the delight of customers to actually meet the artist, and of the artist to get feedback on what customers liked best, ideas for future cards and the like. Of course people draw  just for the love of drawing, for creative expression, the pleasure and outlet it gives, but getting positive feedback is very much the icing on the cake… I can tell you that Marette must surely have been very encouraged by the positive feedback she received.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 12, 2019

THIS Will Wake You Up In The Morning!

More “Parels” (Pearls) paintings, following on from yesterday’s and recent posts. Although these are not my personal style, they would certainly help to wake you up in the morning!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 11, 2019

Anything But Fishy!

Each year artists in roughly eight neighbourhoods of the Hague organise their own “Parels” (Pearls) weekend. People open their homes, or share in the home of another exhibitor, or in the local library etc. The members of the public then can visit for one (or the full two) days of the weekend and take in the artistic talents around the city. Things like painting, and art in general, feature a lot of course but sculptors, musicans, collectors, and all sorts of hobbies that people are passionate about come to the fore, and the public are treated to an amazing amount of talent usually stored up behind closed doors in our neighbourhoods.  In this post I am back to paintings… this fish ( a koi?) looks amazing, and anything but fishy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 10, 2019

Earthy Tones…

Following yesterday’s post, more colourful paintings, this time in more earthy tones…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 9, 2019

Popping With Colour!

If colour is your thing, then these paintings might be just up your street. Discovered during one of the recent “Parels” (Pearls) weekend events, these paintings are popping with colour!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 8, 2019

He’s Gorgeous!

There is nothing like an inside look into someone’s home. It’s a privilege not a right, and inside you can see the sort of style they have. It delights me to see books in a home, there is nothing better than a good read on a cold, windy winters day, … or in the shade in a sunny summer’s one for that matter too. These little knick-knacks caught my eye (and my lens) and I couldn’t resist taking photographs of  these whimsical pieces.  I especially love the little pig… he’s Gorgeous!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 7, 2019

Three Beautiful Gentlemen…

My next discovery from one of the recent “Parels”(Pearls) weekends, are another three portraits. All feature men, but other than that, are each as different as night an day.  Two of them give the impression of  there having been sitters, the other, of the gentleman in the hat, looks like a character study done from a photograph. He has a distinct look of an Australian Aborigional, and capturing the weathered look he has, has been really well done. I really like these… Beautiful work!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 6, 2019

Painting In Colour…

Following on from yesterday’s post I am discovering many amateur artists in various neighbourhoods of the Hague through the “Parels”(Pearls) weekend events. After the portaiture of the last posts I come to a series of paintings in colour… Feast your eyes!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This next painting is of a Kingfisher caught in mid dive as it breaks the water and hunts for it;s next meal.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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