Local Heart, Global Soul

November 5, 2019

Stunning Portraiture….

Following yesterday’s post, I am showing off some of the artistic discoveries I made whilst visiting one of the many neighbourhood “Parels”(Pearls) weekends. From a distance I thought that this trio portrait was in a very nineteen-thirties style but a closer up inspection revealeved that these are (a family?) in Scouting uniform. I really, really like this piece, it seems to manage to be simple and yet detailed at the same time, and I love the composition and style. Stunning!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 4, 2019

Variety Of Mediums And Styles…

Portraits are difficult to do, these ones, seen during one of the Hague’s “Parels” (Pearls) weekends, shows a variety of mediums, and styles. I’m not certain if they are also the work of the artist featured in yesterday’s post, as a progression or by a different artist. They were  exhibited in the same area at least. Either way… Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 3, 2019

Portraiture Radiating Life And Charactor…

I’m having problems with my portrait oriented photographs rotating unnaturally during the upload process… which despite repeated reentering, persists.  Apologies for you having to strain your neck sideways to get a better view of the first photograph. These are portraits of the same person, each with it’s own distinct feel to it. It’s actually benificial to see all three in a row because here is a sort of progression, the third portrait (in my humble opinion) radiating life and adding even more character to the first two.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 2, 2019

Colour In Whimsical Form…

I am visiting one of the many neighbourhood the “Parels” (Pearls) events in the Hague. This is where artists of all creative types open their homes to the public for a day (or two) during a weekend and exhibit their creative pieces. Here, four artists have gotten togther in one home, sharing the space. The black and white drawing style of yesterday’s post have now had added colour, and  in some cases are less abstract (the letters). In the last photograph she showcases the process of how she works, building shapre and patterns into the first whimsical form.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 1, 2019

Imaginative Detail In Black And White…

The next discovery during the “Parels” (Pearls) event in the Hague is an artist who works both in black and white, and in colour but the starting point of both are black line drawings. These particular ones are abstract but have a semi-organic feel to them.  The first and third photographs, with the red and blue frames respectively, should actually be viewed looking to the right, (the left hand edge being the bottom of each). They were the correct way around then I loaded the photographs, but the orientation switched the upload and after three attempts I gave up.

Obviously these have been drawn from imagination but there are some quite lovely patterns to be found within them. I know this style is fairly popular at the moment, it’s not quite my bag but I overheard several other visitors saying that they really liked them. If you like patterns the there will be something, somewhere inside these for you… Enjoy!


(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 31, 2019

Ceramic Beauty…

Following on from yesterday’s post, the “Parels” (Pearls) events around the Hague display a large variety of artistic talent.  Ceramic art is interesting because taking a simple ingredient like clay can produce a multitude of beautiful results.  Here are just a few…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’ve edited out Hanneke’s personal details for reasons of Internet privacy, and to stop Phishing etc, If anyone is seriously interested in buying an item from Hanneke, I can connect you both in order to make it happen.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 30, 2019

A Sample Of Little Monsters…

The “Parels” (Pearls) events in the various neighbourhoods display a wealth of creative talent. This ceramic artist makes not only vases, bowls, dishes and the like but also whimsical experiments like these little “monsters”. Actually, one of the means of the word “monster” in Dutch means “Sample“, so in a sort of way this works too! These are samples of imaginative ways to meld clay, adding nails and being intrigued by the results…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 29, 2019

Ceramics And …Going To Lick The Windows!

The Hague’s “Parels” (Pearls) events cover multiple neighbourhoods on different weekends, and display creative talent in each. A few weeks ago I went to another one and in one home, four different people had their various hobbies and artistic pieces on show. This one was all about ceramics, something I know very little about. I tried once long ago to use a potters wheel, sadly my efforts to make a pot that was (a) round, or symmetrical in any form, or (b) would stand up, were for naught.  It’s harder than it looks and takes a good amount of practice to make something like a tall vase. 

My efforts may have been laughable but these pieces are beautiful… I tried my best to get a close up of the shell form decorating the inside of the first bowl, to be honest the photograph doesn’t do it justice. I like the one with the green glaze. but we are downsizing and clearing out at the moment as the house gets a makeover /renovation , and with a ton of household stuff already stacked high in boxes as we emptied rooms and Himself paints, he would have a fit if I bought stuff home at the moment. Still, at least as one of my favourite French saying goes I can: “faire du lèche vitrine” (going to lick the windows!). It’s a wonderful way of conveying the drooling after something that you shouldn’t or can’t reach… brilliant!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 28, 2019

My Kind Of Colour Scheme…

The Hague has a series of events called “Parels” (Pearls) where many neighbourhoods have one weekend a year where artists, collectors and creative people open their homes for the Saturday, Sunday (or both) and the public can come and enjoy their creative talent. Churches and various other organisations also take part, as do musicians, but the list of places to see always far exceeds my capacity to visit them all. Therefore I pick out a few and hope that some of the ones I miss will exhibit during the “Parels” weekend the following year.

On this occasion a few weekends ago in 2019, several artists have chosen to display their creative wares in one home. (Excellent idea!) So far I have enjoyed seeing papier-mâché and weaving, now it’s the turn of the ceramic artist. These vases have beautiful tones of blue and in the second one, blue combined with a sort of earthy rust. My kind of colour scheme, my kind of style. Beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 27, 2019

We Have A Complicated Relationship…

In this post, dedicated to a fellow weaver, Lulu of: “Lulu’s Musings: Weaving together the threads of life” we see the last of the pieces on display on this “Parels” )Pearls) day.  Weaving can be used to create a myriad of things. Clothes are probably the most obvious, but practical household objects are of course possible as well. These pot holders show me that colour can be used in the most amazing ways. Himself and I use special gloves (not mittens) for taking our stuff out of the oven so don’t use pot holders now at all, which I kind of regret after seeing these.

This colourful pattern would however make an amazing table runner though! Bright, quirky but not too crazy wild to scare off someone like me who usually sticks to plain blocks of colour in fabric. It’s not that I don’t like patterns, it’s just that I’m not really a “pattern person” and I don’t suit or like wearing just any pattern. Ok…  let’s just be honest: I’m fussy when it comes to patterns. We have a complicated relationship. Either you are a wearer of patterns or you are not. This pattern is beautiful for in the house… I live greens and blues, but the oranges, purples and yellows make each other pop, and in a way that I wouldn’t have expected or thought I liked, had I had this described to me without the visual aid of photographs. Another beautiful pattern that brings this weaving series to a close.

The weaver. Wimke, has a small business card which naturally features fabric and wooden shuttles on the front side… cool!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’ve edited Wimke’s address, telephone and internet address for privacy reasons and to avoid her getting spammed with malicious mails. Any reader wanting to get in touch with her a serious sale can let me know and I can arrange that you make contact.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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