I treated myself to some good gouache paint, to be able to make quick paint sketches. I was getting a bit bogged down by the big laborious landscapes in oil, and I haven't really figured out a way to do these large ones en plein air. I also found that working from a photo knocks all of the painting joy out of me. Especially on such a big painting, because it takes a long time to do. Completely different from the large portraits from life that make me utterly happy. So I decided to make some...
Afgelopen weekend was het weer kunstroute in de Pius X in Volendam. De thematentoonstelling was "cultureel erfgoed", waarvoor ik "Zuiderzeedijk bij Katwoude" had meegenomen, een groot schilderij van 2x2 meter. Lekker handig met vervoeren, op de aanhanger. Het weekend was druk, veel mensen herinnerden zich nog het schilderij van Loulou in de Rietveldstoel of hadden zelfs de kaart ervan ingelijst in huis hangen. Ook grappig dat de mensen op de portretten herkend werden: "He is dat niet ome Co?"...
I went painting in the dunes in Schoorl. They have the highest dunes in the Netherlands, reaching up to 55 meters. It is a very beautiful reserve. I went with my artist friend Sharma Peterson, we are in the same class at Wackers. We lugged our gear to a nice spot and started painting. Of course I forgot my sandbag, to weigh down my easel in the wind. It fell over a few times, luckily with the wet side of the painting facing upwards!
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