Local Heart, Global Soul

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)

December 31, 2019

Muted Tones Of Wonderful…

Following on from yesterday’s post, I’m visiting a Parels day painter who has a realistic style full of detail. Right up my alley! I adore this set of paintings, everything from the shadows to the subject matter, for me these oil paintings represent muted tones of wonderful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 30, 2019

Amazing Paintings…

My next stop on my ‘Parels’ (Pearls) tour is an amazing artist that I have visited before but mislaid the photographs afterwards. He paints in a mega realistic style that I love… Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 29, 2019

Winter Approaches…

Whilst waiting for Himself to take me from one ‘Parels’ weekend event to another, I am still taking photographs. This time it is of the Autumn leaves that lay on the pavement outside the library I had been visiting in yesterdays post. Again the colours, textures and shapes are beautiful.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 28, 2019

Slipping Into A Slipper…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next of my visits during one of the Hague’s neighbourhoods ‘Parels’ (Pearls) weekends was to the local library in the neighbourhood that was being ‘featured’ at this particular occasion.

Some of the neighbourhoods that usually take part in these home artist / collectors/ muscians and hobbiests are: the Statenkqwartier (where it’s known as “Kunst aan Huis”, or ‘Art at Home’).

In all the rest of the other neighbourhoods: Leidschenveen, Kortenbos, de Flora en Fauna wijken, Moerwijk, Wateringseveld and Loosduinen, these events are called ‘Parels’.

This time it’s the turn of the Flora en Fauna districts (where the various neighbourhoods are named after either fruit, shrubs, trees etc) and during their ‘Parels’ Day one of the exhibitors showed off their hobby in the local library.

This lady makes slippers from special felting wool. I asked her how she makes these and was told that the trick is to knit the slippers multiple sizes larger than what the final product will be using felting wool.

The large slippers are then washed in warm or hot water (I’m not sure just how hot the water needs to be) and the washing process shrinks the slippers to the final desired size. The slippers are for sale if people want too. Apparently they are very hard wearing, soft and comfortable. What a brilliant idea, I think they look fabulous!!!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 27, 2019

Little Bottles Of Charm…

The last post from this artists home demonstrate her love of whimsical, beautiful and detailed objects. Little vials which look like exotic perfume bottles, an ornamental egg? or another perfume bottle? A little fairy-tale like figure that looks like be porcelain or  could maybe a disguised perfume bottle? What’s not to like? The style has muted colours but despite this the pieces here have ”impact’ of their own.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 26, 2019

THESE Drawers Have A Handle On Charm!!!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Opps, I made a mess with this text: ie, I missed adding it in! Apologies,

The Christmas rush left me forgetting to run my usual checks.

In one of the homes where I visited an artist for the Hague’s neighbourhood ‘Parels’ weekends, I discovered an amazing desk. It’s quirky, clearly an antique, very individual and has bucket loads of charm.

The miss-marched handles, old stackers and label plates actually make the piece in my opinion and I love this!!!

For me an IKEA bureau wouldn’t hand a candle to a piece of furniture as charming as this.

I complete ‘get’ that many homes suit the IKEA style and that many people love it too, luckily Himself and I are a couple who agree on not being in on that trend (much to our teenage children’s disgust, they are mortified that we both love what is ‘dingy old stuff’ in their opinion). Each to their own, you just love what you love!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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